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Scars

Basement JaxxAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Basement Jaxx are on top of the world. It’s a view these inveterate musical explorers have long embraced, ever since minting, at the turn of the millennium, the currently voguish, airwave-dominating pop-house sound. But as they prepare to release their earth-shaking, hip-shaking new album, that view is taking on added meaning.
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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ultra Records
  • ASIN: B002JODUFM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Scars (feat. Kelis, Meleka & Chipmunk)
2. Raindrops
3. She s No Good (feat. Eli Paperboy Reed)
4. Saga (feat. Santigold)
5. Feelings Gone (feat. Sam Sparro)
6. My Turn (feat. Lightspeed Champion)
7. A Possibility (feat. Amp Fiddler)
8. Twerk (feat. Yo Majesty)
9. Day of The Sunflowers - We March On (feat. Yoko Ono)
10. What s A Girl Gotta Do (feat. Paloma Faith)
11. Stay Close (feat. Lisa Kekaula)
12. D.I.S.tractionz (feat. Jose Hendrix)
13. Gimme Somethin True (feat. Jose James)

Editorial Reviews

Grammy-award winners BASEMENT JAXX are also multiple Brit Award winners, with numerous other distinctions including three gold albums, two platinum albums, and a double platinum album. They have remixed the likes of Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliot, N.E.R.D, Daft Punk, and are back with their newest album "Scars".

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Jaxx September 22, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Basement Jaxx has been pretty good about putting out an album every couple years and one would think they would eventually run low on ideas. Fortunately, the Jaxx are still going strong. In fact, I would rank "Scars" up there with their finest work. They retain their trademark style - a dense collage of tiny samples, massive house beats, all in a candy shell of amazing pop sensibilities.

There are many high points on the album, but the most obvious is their first single, "Raindrops." Much like "Hush Boy," and "Good Luck," it starts the album off with a bang. Technically, the song "Scars" precedes it, but I think the album actually starts with "Raindrops." Scars is a slightly misguided attempt to say "Hey - We're still relevant" by imitating the classic Timbaland production style. It feels out of place. While I'm happy that the Basement Jaxx are always trying new directions, I don't think track succeeds, especially as an album opener.

Along the way, we get an incredible variety including a blues ("She's No Good"), and a guest appearance by none other than Yoko Ono ("Day of the Sunflowers (We March On"). This is one of those albums that keeps you guessing from track to track, and yet it holds together very well.

One of the major strengths, in my opinion, is the inclusion of some more mellow tracks. One of my issues with "Kish Kash" was that everything was so hectic and busy that it was fatiguing if I tried to listen from start to finish. On "Scars," the pacing is such that you could listen to the album twice through on repeat without getting tired.

Overall, it's a very consistent and pleasing album. Once again, the Basement Jaxx give us an excellent album that is, above all, fun. If you're a fan of the Jaxx, you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Evolution of Basement Jaxx September 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Coming from Chicago, I hear a lot of house music. While this isn't their best album, it's impressive. Basement Jaxx has reinvented itself here and done the best job yet. Probably not for the hardcore BJ or house/electronic fans, but those who are into something more progressive (like more song-oriented stuff, rather than just cool beats) will enjoy it. Something here for most, including what I could consider pop, like Raindrops, I think there is enough good here to make it work a purchase.

Those of you on the fence, but who are already fans of Basement Jaxx, may want to check out some of the remixes which are available.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened? September 22, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
This album caught me unexpected... I came into it looking for something to pump me up and make me run around and scream like the ice cream truck was near. Instead its a meh.
Some decent tracks but it was a major letdown for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat decent October 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I had huge expectations for this album, but was let down by some poor, truly hideous tracks. T

he overall flow is good, and keeps you bobbing your head while scooting around town, until you get to the audio spew that is the Yoko Ono track in particular. Repeated listenings didn't improve the matter much. Skipping over these tracks makes the album feel a little disjointed, which is a letdown.
While you get the sense that he's trying to pull off another funky, synthed set of vocal tracks, some of the collaborations let him down.

Hopefully some of the remix versions of these songs will improve them, giving the album a much needed kick in tempo and quality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars just okay for me October 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It just never really caught on for me. I love Basement Jaxx and have been a fan for years now. But with Scars it just never grabbed my attention and kept me focused on the music at all. It's not a bad cd by any means but again its just not what I hoped it would be. It might take a few more listens perhaps and maybe that might change my opinion on this. As it stands right now though "Scars" is just okay by me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD, but if you're new to the Jaxx, start with Remedy September 9, 2011
Format:Audio CD
For the last decade, Basement Jaxx (two English DJs named Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, along with a revolving door of collaborators) have put out some of the best dance music of all time, particularly with their first two albums (Remedy and Rooty). There is literally no such thing as a bad album by the Jaxx--everything they do is at least listenable. Yet with Scars, things are getting a little too familiar for those who know Basement Jaxx well.

Granted, the "borrowing" aesthetic is integral to the successful Basement Jaxx formula, as it has been with many other great and varied artists under the broad canopy of Electronica (such as DJ Shadow and Orbital). But sometimes, Scars seems almost lazy in its appropriation of other tunes and lyrics. Take, for example, "Twerk," a manic number with a cool groove undercut by the sudden arrival of the chorus from a well-known song on the Flashdance soundtrack. Consider also the essential metaphor pervading the lyrics of "Raindrops," and how reminiscent this is of Everything But the Girl's best known song, "Missing (Like The Deserts Miss the Rain)." Many people won't care because it's another fun and impassioned track from the Jaxx, but every time I hear it I'm left with the vague feeling that it's been plagiarized. "Saga" has a cool ska vibe, but the singer is channeling Gwen Stefani a little too well, as if the whole affair were tossed off a No Doubt album.

The more original material is a mixed bag. Opening track "Scars" is certainly dramatic enough, with warped choral samples and a stuttering rhythm underneath a romantic rap.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid album.
If you like Basement Jaxx, you'll be right at home with 'Scars'. Most of the tracks are hits and they keep their unique sound in tact. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Miles_n_Ish
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
One more master piece for the music industry.
Published 3 months ago by Gisela Castillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete satisfaction
Basement Jaxx has got to be one of the most inventive and energetic music producers around. The new stuff they're posting on their Facebook page is making me eagerly anticipate... Read more
Published 15 months ago by parkym
4.0 out of 5 stars More great Basement Jaxx tune-age
II haven't bought a Jaxx record for a long time... Not since Crazy Itch Radio. I find this record more accessible to someone who is new to Basement Jaxx without sacrificing their... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bombastic Basement Jaxx
I have not purchased a Basement Jaxx album since Kish Kash, so it had been a while since I had heard anything outside of the singles. Read more
Published 22 months ago by SeanDom
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE this CD...
This is CD was such a nice to surprise to find. I've always liked Basement Jaxx, but missed this cd upon it's release. There really isn't a bad song on the entire cd. Read more
Published 22 months ago by GregE
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid
I'm always grateful when my favorite bands' more recent albums are better than the ones before. 'Crazy Itch Radio' and 'Scars' are Basement Jaxx's best albums to date, and 'Scars'... Read more
Published on October 14, 2012 by J. Jasek
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete, fun album!
I review this as someone completely new to Basement Jaxx. I received this album as a gift from a friend and I have to say it's pretty freaking awesome. Read more
Published on December 30, 2011 by Zach Sochi
3.0 out of 5 stars Only listen to the first 6 songs
I bought this album after listening to "Scars", "My Turn", and "Saga" on youtube; but was disappointed with the rest of the album. Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Irene Lee
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Basement Jaxx
I'm a mixed fan of Basement Jaxx and usually like a few songs of theirs. I enjoyed this album, but wouldn't call it my favorite. Read more
Published on May 30, 2011 by Joseph Ball
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