Scars

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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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[MusixMatch] Coming loose, at the seams Blind spots, voices Controls gone, I'm like a balloon Cut it out, emotion Distance, it grows now You don't,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  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. There's a breathtaking array of bleeps, quirks, bits and bobs popping up to keep the boogie busy and the mind attentive.
  3. By closing the song with unadorned strings, Basement Jaxx seems to be finding feeling in its new efficiency.
  4. If Basement Jaxx want to hide their scars behind such easily enjoyable and well constructed pop music, then long may they continue.
  5. Q Magazine
    60
    Simon Ratcliffe and Felix Buxton have retrenched, recruited a slew of vocalists and made the sort of uptempo record they were doing at the turn of the century. [Oct 2009, p.107]
  6. Return To Form from last electro band standing.
  7. Under The Radar
    30
    The fragments don't fit together, and one ends up dreading the next mistep. [Fall 2009, p.74]

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
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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 newThe 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. Collapse
  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. WeThe 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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