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Would have been great if they'd shown anyone besides the singer
on January 12, 2009
Awesome sound, great live arrangements of their best tunes, beautiful set, great musicians, HORRIBLE video editing! I agree with other reviewers that this was a great concert, but the video? WOW what a frustrating disappointment. I would have given it 5 stars but the editing ruined it for me because we hardly got to see anything but Jay Kay strutting and singing (in that order).
For those of you who wanted a "lead singer prance and dance" video this will thrill you. But those of you who wanted to actually SEE this band of funkmasters get their groove on, might as well just turn up the volume and turn off the TV because you don't get to see squat. Let me put it in numbers for you:
Proportion of video footage showing the lead singer singing lyrics 50%
Proportion of video footage showing the lead singer being pretty, squirming around, and waving his hands in the air, while some of the funkiest musicians in the business groove out off-camera 49.9%
Proportion of video footage showing the musicians 0.1%
Seriously, the average shot length of the singer is around 5 seconds. The average shot length of a musician is about 5 microseconds. We see each musician once or twice a song for about two beats, just to check and see if they're still there, then it cuts back to the singer prancing around, and he's not even that good at it. During the instrumental and solo sections, instead of showing the musicians getting funky, we see twenty-second shots of the singer shaking hands with the audience. WTF?
Anybody who knows Jamiroquai knows that this band is not just a lead singer with extras. for crying out loud there's two percussionists, and the bass player has a 5-string bass (and knows what to do with it) but the first time we see his face is in the third track, and by that time we've seen his hands maybe three times for a total of about seven notes.
Aside from that glaring problem, this video would be great. The set looks really cool, like a metal Aztec pyramid (though you hardly ever get to see it), they play some pretty cool adaptations of their tunes, and the sound is fantastic. It's just too bad because the MTV reject they found to edit the video thinks it's a Brittney Spears concert.
I love Jamiroquai. I think they're some of the funkiest, grooviest dudes around. But we only get to see one dude in this show.