I Think We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat - The BPA (Brighton Port Authority)
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  • Summary: Norman Cook (also known as Fatboy Slim) releases his debut album under the alias The BPA.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Cook bursts back with Brighton Port Authority, a project that liberates him from the "electronic dance artist" identity crisis and allows his production talents to shine.
  2. Norman Cook’s concern for the state of his trade, while veiled in ironic drag, is hard to ignore. It’s what makes The BPA tick, but also what keeps the BPA’s debut album more in the theory-not-practice side of respectability.
  3. A vessel that can't help but feel a little under-populated by comparison to N.A.S.A.'s "The Spirit of Apollo."
  4. 60
    Iggy Pop's deadpan delivery on "He's Frank" sets the tone for an album that sometimes gets a little goofy, while the danceable "Toe Jam" pairs David Byrne with Dizzee Rascal (finally!). The lesser-known guests offer more misses than hits.
  5. 60
    Some tracks feel throwaway, but goodtime vibes prevail. [Apr 2009, p.80]
  6. Every synth setting and drum sound and vocal technique on I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat is a pastiche of a sort of thing you've heard before.
  7. Concocting a ruse about how the album came about after discovering a cardboard box of dusty and undated reel-to-reel tapes of the BPA’s lost studio sessions from the 70s seems foolish and unnecessary if the recordings were good enough to stand on their own merit. Sadly, other than Iggy Pop’s crack at the Monochrome Set tune He’s Frank, they’re not.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. misterhaan
    Feb 6, 2009
    9
    I had some time to get into toe jam, seattle, he's frank, and should i stay or should i blow before this cd was available. in the past i've bought cds with less than four good songs, and i like most fatboy slim, so i picked this up through amazon a few days before the everywhere else release. for me, all of these songs have a getting to know you period, by which i mean they started as okay songs and got better after each of the first few times i listened to them. Expand