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While "Purple Haze" is a typically good intro track, something GA has been very adept at, it's a bit of a departure and doesn't fully fit. The album, to me, starts at "Groove Is On," a bouncy-yet-smooth number with flowing, gravelly hip hop and Neneh Cherry's sultry vocals.
"The Final Shakedown" features energetic reggae upstart Red Rat on vocals and should become one of the year's top club tunes, proving that the previous album's Grammy-nominated "Superstylin'" was no fluke in bringing ragga vibes to house music. Also bound to be a great club stomper is "Easy," a Sunshine Anderson-mic'ed house tune that seems to share some DNA with Andy Cato's side project, Weekend Players.
The band even take a grooved out Beatles-esque (don't you love that term?) turn on "Tuning In," which is also reminiscent of early 90's Manchester psychedelia in some ways.
"Madder" is an absolutely rockin' tune, with an energy that captures the vibe of their amazing full-band performance at the Glastonbury Festival - including the rain, the bright lights, and the thousands of people bouncing up anddown in unison. It stands as a testament to Groove Armada's capabilities as a band.Read more ›
Though it might come accross as a demanding rating, I 'only' give it four stars, because they sound very much like they did 2-3 years ago, in spite of today's evolving dance scene. There are traces of evolution, however for the most part, they got stuck in a safe place, where they know that the public will continue to love them. But don't dismiss it as a bad album! Far from that: I'd much rather stick with an average Groove Armada album (not that this is the case) than most of the dance music out there, but I know these guys have more to give than a 'Love Box'. For sure I will stay tuned for their next production.
"Lovebox" continues to showcase GA's strive to distance themselves from the "chill-out" moniker, without abandoning the genre totally. The opener "Purple Haze" hits hard with it's guitars and driving bassline, not to mention drug filled lyrics.
"The Groove is on" continues the hip-hop vibe before "Remember" brings the tempo down some. GA staple MC M.A.D. drops some tights rhymes on the rock infused hip-hop of "Madder".
Things slow down again on the genius "Think Twice...", which should certainly be a single. Singles are aplenty on this album in fact. The first US single, "Final Shakedown" takes GA back to the dancefloor with its ragga influenced house beats. I challenge you to not dance to this. "Hands of Time" takes things back to the last album time period, but still works.
The album hits it's climax now with the bombardment of "Tunning In", which has a very Aerosmith-like bassline and the storming "Easy", which with it's driving strings, should also send dancefloor fantics grooving in bliss. A potential single indeed. The title track, "Lovebox" hits hard with it's bass and also shows the boys still riding house train, this one will be a big hit with DJ's like Fatboy and the X-Press 2 boys. Very Skint sounding.
The album concludes with the stoner-reggae chants on "But I Feel Good" with has a SKA/Reggae feel to it, which is not a bad thing. All in all a good album, one that has a lot of styles and diversity. Has something for everyone. Nothing as amazing as "My Friend" but truely picks up where the last album left off
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Excellent album with great beats.
Love love box!
Get this album if you like addicting songs with a wide genre
Groove Armada came out in '98 with Northern Star, a record of experimental lounge with a synth-heavy, alterna-funk ambiance. Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Mark Eremite
LOVEBOX sees a definite decline in quality control from the Groove Armada camp. Though some of the tracks aren't bad at all, some, like "Madder" are out-and-out bad. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by scoundrel
Very good album. I started to listen GA seriously with Soundboy Rock and this is much better. At beginning I listened only few tracks from it, like Hands of time and Think... Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Miso G
Groove Armada's 2002 release, 'Lovebox', is not a good CD. In fact, it has many problems. Frontmen Cato and Findal assembled a hodge-podge of rap, slower that slow beats, and... Read morePublished on February 7, 2006 by Steve Bradford
The title track, "Love Box" is still one of my favorite songs two years later. These guys love all type of music, and you can tell by the genre changes that happen in this CD. Read morePublished on January 5, 2006 by Patrick W.
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