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Album · 1994

Filed under Acid Jazz
By JAMIROQUAI

Tracklist

1. Just Another Story (8:51)
2. Stillness in Time (4:19)
3. Half the Man (4:51)
4. Light Years (5:56)
5. Manifest Destiny (6:24)
6. The Kids (5:11)
7. Mr Moon (5:31)
8. Scam (7:04)
9. Journey to Arnhemland (5:24)
10. Morning Glory (6:23)
11. Space Cowboy (6:25)

Total Time: 66:23

Line-up/Musicians

Bass - Stuart Zender
Didgeridoo - Wallis Buchanan
Drums - Derrick McKenzie
Keyboards - Toby Smith
Vocals - Jay Kay

About this release

Sony Soho Square ‎– 477813 2 (UK)

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funkyrhodes
"Return of the Space Cowboy", Jamiroquai's second full album release, certainly breaches the realm of Acid Jazz, much more so than Jamiroquai's far funkier debut album "Emergency on Planet Earth." "Return of the Space Cowboy" has an eclectic diversity that indeed makes this a great album to listen to in it's entirety. Toby's mastery of his bag of keyboards shines throughout this album from the dominant clavinet part in "Stillness in Time", to the quirky synth parts in "Half the Man", and smooth fender Rhodes solo in "Mr. Moon". Zender brings a quite melodic bass line to the forefront in "Manifest Destiny", along with displaying his technical ability in "Mr. Moon" and "Scam". The exotic digeridoo of Walis Buchanan returns for another bout in the midst of this album in "Journey to Arnhemland." Derrick McKenzie, Jamiroqui's current drummer also makes an impressive debut on this album as well. The final track "Space Cowboy" is indeed a must listen to as well.
Polo
I dare you not to tap your feet while listening to this album.



"The Return of the Space Cowboy" is a tremendous album by British acid-jazz/funk group Jamiroquai, led by singer Jay Kay. It's full of jamming, it's hallucinogenic, and has less faux-environmental political lyrics than the band's debut, yet it still managed to raise the 'quai's fanbase around the world.

So, here's my description of the music presented here: a mix of funk, jazz and rock featuring a hyperactive rhythm section (featuring thunderman extraordinaire Stuart Zender on bass), Fender Rhodes, nice brass lines, flute and the vocal talents of Jay Kay, who sounds somewhat too much like Stevie Wonder. Recommended to fans of jazz-funk and acid-jazz.



Highlights: Just Another Story, Stillness in Time, The Kids, Scam, Space Cowboy.

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