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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the Grammy-winning British electronic funk band led by Jay Kay is its first in seven years.
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Cloud 9
You pick me up then you put me down Can't seem to find my way around ya See what ya think when you don't think it now You lost my love but someone... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 30, 2017
    86
    Automaton is a pop/funk/acid jazz/disco/proto-house opus that succeeds in discounting the band’s growing pains within the confines of both fame and pop music.
  2. Apr 20, 2017
    80
    They may not find new listeners after a seven-year hiatus, but Automaton by Jamiroquai is a strong return and experimental contribution to popular music from a band too often identified solely for one song and its striking video.
  3. Uncut
    Mar 30, 2017
    70
    There's nothing quite as genuinely exciting as [the title track's] Aphex-meets-Bee-Gees disco, but its unorthodox elements are sprinkled across the album. [May 2017, p.32]
  4. May 11, 2017
    70
    ‘Superfresh’ is less than the sum of its disco parts, though, while the less said about ‘Hot Property’ the better. But it picks up with ‘Something About You’ and ‘Summer Girl’, while ‘Carla’ is an electro-funk classic.
  5. Q Magazine
    Mar 30, 2017
    60
    Some may carp at the lyrics, but at 47, Kay retains pole position as pop's most revved-up playboy. [May 2017, p.107]
  6. 60
    Ironically, though, it’s the more old-school tracks that furnish the highlights.
  7. Mar 31, 2017
    40
    On Automaton, the band falters under the weight of its previous singles, leaving any possibility for chart success mired in a sound that comes across as tired and unoriginal, and the album listening experience as a monotonous ordeal.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Apr 1, 2017
    10
    I wouldn't class myself as a long standing Jamiroquai fan, and I didn't have a good time with their last album, but on the strength of theI wouldn't class myself as a long standing Jamiroquai fan, and I didn't have a good time with their last album, but on the strength of the lead single Automaton and Cloud 9 I decided to give it a listen. As each track played I kept waiting for the quality to dip, but it just kept coming. Some tracks obviously appeal to my tastes more than others, but there's no denying the inventiveness and solid quality of the whole album. Haven't been this impressed since La Roux's debut. Simply brilliant. Expand
  2. Aug 18, 2018
    10
    Best album of 2017. It’s so good to see jamiroquai at his best in a long time..
  3. Mar 31, 2017
    9
    A great album for first time listeners, a good album for long-time fans. The two singles, "Automaton" and "Cloud 9" are definite highlights.A great album for first time listeners, a good album for long-time fans. The two singles, "Automaton" and "Cloud 9" are definite highlights. "Automaton" is Jamiroquai at their innovative best – a lead single curveball that sounds equal parts Jamiroquai and Daft Punk (a lazy comparison I've read many times, but probably the best way to describe it to the masses). On the flipside, "Cloud 9" is Jay Kay at his hedonistic best, showing everyone who's ever tried to make a smooth funk song just how it's done.

    Even though Jay has described this album as "All killer no filler", there are a couple of okay songs in "Hot Property" and "Nights Out In The Jungle", but they fit in well with the overall atmosphere of the album, so I can see why they were included. However, the highs far outweigh the lows. "Something About You" is a gorgeous, sun-tinged track that will please newcomers and Jami-veterans alike, whilst "Dr Buzz" and "Vitamin" will satisfy the first three album purists due to their retro feel.

    Overall, great album from a band that never disappoints – a truly admirable achievement considering it has been SEVEN years since the last record. It is sure to be my most played album this summer, and I'm sure I won't be the only one. Here's to the hoping the next album doesn't take another seven years.
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  4. Apr 2, 2017
    8
    I'm not much for conveying a subjective experience about the content of the album. I could say I find hot property a dud, but another personI'm not much for conveying a subjective experience about the content of the album. I could say I find hot property a dud, but another person might find that the best song on the album.

    What I can say is that from a technical standpoint the album is mastered exquisitely. No loudness, lots of small details, tight bass and breathing tracks that offer a ton of dynamics. Any higher-end sound system is going to make this album sound that much better. Been a long time that I heard an album sound this good. Could there be an end to the loudness wars finally?
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  5. Jul 26, 2017
    8
    A well deserved eight for this album, which is groovy and has very good singles, Automaton even pleases my 9 months old daughter. For realA well deserved eight for this album, which is groovy and has very good singles, Automaton even pleases my 9 months old daughter. For real fans this must have been worth the long waiting time. Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2017
    7
    It starts off AMAZING with 'Shake It On': its playful funkiness alongside its badass bass lines (Damn, that bass slapping at the ending) andIt starts off AMAZING with 'Shake It On': its playful funkiness alongside its badass bass lines (Damn, that bass slapping at the ending) and epic build-up makes me think it is actually a Chromeo-Justice collab (respectively). Then the title track and 'Cloud 9', which are memorable songs, and it's obvious: this is the return of the funk Odyssey, which is my favorite album by them. However it really misses moments that blow you away, as 'A Funk Odyssey' had and the dreamy futuristic feeling is also a bit hard to find. After the first three songs, I have to say 'Something About You' is the only song that isn't very skip-able. Which is a song in the vein of 'Rock Dust Light Star' in the sense that it has the same weird mix of feelings of contentness and melancholy, as the feeling of not wanting something to end yet feeling happy that it happened at all. All in all, Jamiroquai does what he is the best at: using all the inspiration and tricks from disco, funk and other dance-genres (a lot of electronic ones this time) to create a relaxing atmosphere. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2017
    0
    awful from the beginning till the end . Jamriquai lost his mojo . where is the groove , he replaced his band with a dj booth and it doesntawful from the beginning till the end . Jamriquai lost his mojo . where is the groove , he replaced his band with a dj booth and it doesnt sound good at all. Expand

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