Jamiroquai – Automaton Review

Jamiroquai Automaton CD Cover

Release Date: March 31, 2017

Track Listing

  1. Shake It On
  2. Automaton
  3. Cloud 9
  4. Superfresh
  5. Hot Property
  6. Something About You
  7. Summer Girl
  8. Nights Out in the Jungle
  9. Dr. Buzz
  10. We Can Do It
  11. Vitamin
  12. Carla


Jamiroquai return after seven years with their long teased 8th studio album Automaton. For this musical excursion they have gone back to the simpler times of their early days offering 12 tracks full of UK House, Funk, Disco and Acid Jazz. In addition there is a little bit of modern dance music incorporated into their style as well. The one influence that can be pointed out easily is Daft Punk. Specifically around the time of their Random Access Memories album. While not exactly the same, it shares similar musical themes to what is on Jamiroquai’s Automaton.

With that in mind Automaton can be considered a god send for those who believe they peaked in the 90’s and have steadily declined since. The old school feeling should bring back fond memories for long-time listeners of this band. Of course that does mean there are not a lot of fresh new ideas brought to the table after their long layoff. And that isn’t really a negative. Songs like the title track, Cloud 9, Shake It On, Summer Girl and Vitamin show that Jamiroquai are still able to bring the goodness when called upon.

In the end this album may not exactly be something that will garner Jamiroquai the same type of attention they had in their heyday but it is solid enough to satisfy folks who are already part of their fan base and it may appeal to those who are looking for something more organic sounding than the current EDM influenced dance/pop.


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