Rooty - Basement Jaxx
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  • Summary: The follow-up to the Jaxx' critically-acclaimed 1999 debut album, 'Remedy,' 'Rooty' finds the British house duo adding to the party vibe with elements of pop and R&B thrown into the mix. The lead single is "Romeo."
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Rooty is the second straight triumph from a pair of producer/DJs who look set to carry the torch for dancefloor electronica in the years to come.
  2. But sound for sound's sake isn't what makes the disc work; it's the recurring female singers, who add forlorn soul to the rhythms.
  3. Rooty revels in exploiting rhythmic combinations that shouldn't work--but definitely do.
  4. On Rooty, Basement Jaxx refines the ambitious but untidy sprawl of its debut into a carnivalesque mix of two-step, house, funk, and disco with a modern take on George Clinton's late-seventies mission of "rescuing dance music from the blahs."
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    Rooty boasts a raw, bustling edge and compulsive experimentalism closer in spirit to the hypersyncopated, R&B-flavored two-step garage currently ruling London clubland. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.104]
  6. The album misses the addictive funk of 'Red Alert', the off beat quirks of 'Yo Yo' and the engulfing production depth of 'Same Old Show'. But it's a powerful package and a proof that the Basement Jaxx have the confidence and vision to pursue their own path.
  7. A few fatal flaws eclipse all of Rooty's abundant qualities. Basement Jaxx have taken kitsch a few steps too far.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. BillyBoy
    May 18, 2006
    Where's your head at is a timeless classic. I could listen to that song alone over and over. But the rest of the album is great as well.
  2. Matt
    Feb 1, 2004
    Best dance album of the year. You could easily dance yourself to death.
  3. JasonB.
    Jul 30, 2001
    Very fun to listen to and makes you want to dance in your car.

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