Jamiroquai: Automaton


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It’s been seven years since Jamiroquai released an album, but it sounds like they haven’t missed a beat on their new release, Automaton. The album features 12 tracks ranging from funky, electronic dance songs to moody R&B-style jams, which all feature some allusions to new technologies and artificial intelligence. The title track is one of the highlights and it gives an idea of what to expect with it’s cool electronic intriguing rhythm, smooth vocals, old-school style rap interlude, and catchy chorus. The lyrics aptly state, “I said goodbye to the world I knew” as the song seems to innovatively defy genre and the future-focused story of cyber lounges and digital androids seem to infer a whole sci-fi universe. This is followed up by “Cloud 9,” which is an upbeat, feel-good track that calls back early eighties Michael Jackson. The album does have a few more experimental and straight-up funk tracks like “Hot Property” and “Dr. Buzz,” which merge a 70’s-inspired disco and funk feel similar to the world of Daft Punk with an early-80’s rap vibe too. Overall, the album is a great listen and it’s sense of fun and funk can appeal to a wide audience.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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