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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. The nerve of it all is breathtaking. Turbo-beats poke up a gospel-jazz revivalist meeting, a mariachi band wanders into the hazy disco sashay of 'Broken Dreams', a Gary Numan sample gets bludgeoned to credibility in the Van Helden-esque pogo of 'Where's Your Head At?'.
  4. It's no different from the formula that made Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Bores such big hits, but something's different this time around: Basement Jaxx have soul.
  5. 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."
  6. 80
    In pursuing the anarchic, joyous mash-up of their debut Remedy to its twisted conclusion, Basement Jaxx find themselves in androgynous, genre-bending territory that is Prince-ly in spirit even when it isn’t in sound.
  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
    10
    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
    10
    Best dance album of the year. You could easily dance yourself to death.
  3. JasonB.
    Jul 30, 2001
    8
    Very fun to listen to and makes you want to dance in your car.

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