Here we go with the first 3-peat appearance by an artist (i.e. three albums in a row).
I am still a little unsure how to deal with multiple reviews of works by the same band. Should I revisit my previous discussion points? Or assume you’ve read the earlier reviews? Treat each album purely on its own merits (i.e. as if the others did not exist)? This last option, while admirable, is rather difficult and also not reflective of how the CD-buying/listening caper works.
So I listened to this release with preconceptions and trepidation. While still impressed with their #2, I was concerned that the band had gone a bit soppy. As such, this album needed to do something special to impress. And it did.
The band headed down a new, exciting road on this release. Their sound got grimier, funkier and more soulful (not necessarily all at the same time).
The vocoder has been put aside on most tracks and the guest vocalists add much more diversity.
It all sounds like a much more interesting party with surprise attendees grabbing the mic (and random instruments) and having a ball. Supersonic is a spectacular number that I wouldn’t have picked as a Jaxx tune. That’s what you want from a 3rd album.
File under: Funky fun