Kish Kash - Basement Jaxx
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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  • Summary: The third album for the house duo of Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton features contributions from Dizzee Rascal, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, JC Chasez and Siouxsie Sioux.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The richest and most fervent music the Jaxx have ever made. [24 Oct 2003, p.104]
  2. Kish Kash may be the best dance record of 2003, but it's the least imaginative LP the duo have ever released.
  3. It's not stretching to suggest that they've complicated house music's ease so effectively that Kish Kash often resembles, well, postpunk.
  4. 80
    Truly, a glorious noise. [Nov 2003, p.128]
  5. Most of Kish Kash sounds like the album they intended to make after Remedy. [Nov 2003, p.106]
  6. Struggles to offer the same level of excitement that previous Jaxx albums provided.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. DevinB
    Nov 7, 2003
    10
    People who say this CD isn't as good as the Jaxx's previous work are absurd. This is the first good CD they've released in their catalog, previous Jaxx works were uninspired, uninteresting, insipid works of garbage. They've really spread their wings here, and surprised everyone with a CD both profound and groundbreaking. If this is the first Jaxx CD you haven't liked, you've got a lot to learn about what music is really all about. Expand
  2. L.RonHubbard
    Dec 12, 2003
    10
    i like pie and Batman
  3. RodrigoA
    Apr 28, 2006
    10
    Basement Jaxx go for the next level: awersome , danceable post punk electronica and romatic beats doing the background...
  4. MaxM
    Oct 24, 2003
    8
    Okay, not to be too much of a blurbmeister, but this is truly "one of the year's best!" It's been over two years since Simon Ratcliffe & Felix Buxton brought the world their Rooty and longer since their Remedy but the Jaxx are back... and better than ever! Basement Jaxx (through Astralwerks) unleash their latest, Kish Kash, this month and it is 51 minutes of genre-bustin', booty-shakin', finger-lickin' goodness. No fat, no filler. Just track after track of pure joy. Mercury Prize winner Dizzee Rascal proves why he won on Lucky Star, 'N Sync-er JC Chasez proves he's not totally worthless on Plug It in, Siouxsie Sioux makes her unmistakable mark on Cish Cash, The BellRays' Lisa Kekaula kicks ass and takes names on Good Luck ("Good luck, good luck, good luck in your new bed...") and MeShell Ndege'Ocello proves that when's she's on a track, it's all earz on her. And she does it twice on this CD. (Again proving, as she did on Scritti Politti's Anomie & Bonhomie, that the music buying public doesn't know what it is missing by basically ignoring this true original.) The slow jam Feels Like Home is slinky and sensual and the perfect album closer. Kish Kash is a mish mash of punk, funk, electro and soul that only a (very square) mother wouldn't love. Although there is no real house stomper on the order of Rendez-vu, Red Alert or Where's Your Head At, it seems petty to quibble when everything else here is so fresh, exhilirating and, hell, fun... all the different ingredients mix perfectly to make one tasty cocktail. Order it and enjoy straight up. Expand
  5. Dec 7, 2010
    7
    Lacking the fun of Remedy and Rooty, this album sets out to disappoint longtime fans for better or worse. Although the songs in general are great, few songs are distinctive and many feel like filler. Very well-thought out filler.

    That being said, there's very much to love on Kish Kash - the powerful vocals in Good Luck, the sleek style of Right Here's The Spot, the wild experimentation on Lucky Star, the fun of Supersonic and the ultra-catchy tune Plug It In. Although it sags in the second half, it's still a must listen.
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  6. chris
    Oct 20, 2003
    7
    anything by basement jaxx is going to be 'good', of course, but unfortunately that's all this album turns out to be is 'good', not 'fantastic' or 'incredible' like their second or third offerings. Expand
  7. TyS
    Oct 30, 2003
    2
    I struggle to come to terms with the critics on this one ?? I ahve been into everything these guys have produced to date as it has a resounding freshness to it but this cd ?? ,,,... Oh man it is terrible !! Once you get past the first 3 tracks it goes terribly wrong ..... I am all for experimentation and listen to all sorts of oddball stuff but this is just garbage !! SORRY JAXX BROTHES :) don't waste your time .. Expand

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