Scars - Basement Jaxx
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  • Summary: The fifth studio album for the electronic duo features such guest singers as Kelis, Santigold, Sam Sparro, Yo! Majesty!, and Yoko Ono.
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  1. 90
    If you’re wondering what electronic music is missing, look no further: Scars should serve as a reminder (if you needed one) that Basement Jaxx are an essential piece of the puzzle.
  2. Scars is the strongest Basement Jaxx album since 2001's "Rooty".
  3. By closing the song with unadorned strings, Basement Jaxx seems to be finding feeling in its new efficiency.
  4. They’ve come pretty darn close before, and they may very well do so in the future, but with Scars, the Jaxx have gotten too caught up in trying top themselves.
  5. 60
    Basement Jaxx still manage to exceed expectations with each album. [Oct 2009, p.91]
  6. This is their best album in years, but there’s no real progression here. Ono’s mindfuck of a performance is proof: when a band needs to include such bizarreness as their record’s experimental centerpiece, perhaps they are working a little too hard to prove their expressive worth.
  7. The fragments don't fit together, and one ends up dreading the next mistep. [Fall 2009, p.74]

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  1. Dec 7, 2010
    8
    The Jaxx are back with the best music since Rooty, with Scars bursting at the seams with creativity and fun. Although not digging too much new ground (although Day of the Sunflowers might have you thinking otherwise), Basement Jaxx are on the right tracks again, having rediscovered the fun that made their Remedy and Rooty so memorable and upping the ante on their production skills. However the main fault is that the album doesn't have enough filler - the tracks are excellent but don't feel like they're in the right order. Although not a bumpy ride, the excessive twists and turns may be a little much for those who love their albums smooth. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2010
    4
    The last album of this London Duo doesn´t connect in many ways and disapoints after listening to "raindrops" weeks before. We now know they listen to a lot of generes but what´s the point of using them in a simple, boring way for your record? They invited a lot of guests that in some cases doesn´t make the songs better neither merge their style with the band´s, its a voice in some electronic base.
    Thank God for the single purchase option, otherwise we would have pay for wasting our harddrive´s space.

    To try it: Raindrops, Feelings gone (feat. Sam sparro), Day of the sunflowers (feat. Yoko ono)
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