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Automaton, the album - released one year ago

cosmicmouse » Mar 31 '18
One year ago, Automaton the album, was released. I remember all the reviews in the former forum. They were quite mixed. A lot of fans were happy about it, but there were also dissapointed people who expected it to be different.

I am interested what do you all think today, after one year? Has your opinion changed? Are you still listening to the album? Have your favorite songs changed? Would you rate the songs differently today?


You are very welcome to bring back your old review here, or write a new one, rate the songs from 1-10.

If you want to write a whole article about it in the article section, let me know. I will give you the admission to write articles!



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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

PRuiLover » Mar 31 '18
I love the album and still listen to it very often. Shake It On has become one of my favourite songs of the band and with Hot Propery, Dr Buzz and Carla are the best in my opinion. As a concept I feel the album matches perfectly, only We Can Do It doesn't fit to me so I must say they've done a great job. Apart from that, the promotion has been much better than previous albums


To celebrate, a making of the Automaton video has been released



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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

Dye » Mar 31 '18
I loved Automaton a year ago, and I still think is one of their best since their 90's albums. I feel like is a continuation of what they tried with A Funk Odyssey, taking their sound and moving it forward, with a sci-fi twist again. It's a very cohesive album and I'm particularly impressed in the way they handled not just the marketing campaign (which has been one of their best, no doubt it) but also the live performances.

I think they sound modern, which isn't something I would've said during the RDLS tour (one of my favorites though, with the brass section and amazing live versions like Main Vein). I feel like this time they really put an effort into sounding a bit different but staying true to their unique sound. I've always said I admire their capacity of delving into different music genres without losing what makes them sound like Jamiroquai. And that is true yet again on this tour.

Moving forward, I think Vitamin is a good example of where I want them to go. Matt Johnson has a very interesting jazzy-vibe background like Herbie Hancock, and I want them to keep sounding modern but with more jazz excursions and instrumental breaks. And Vitamin and Dr Buzz are the ones that makes me go "oh yeah, I want more of that".

So fingers crossed for the next album. Soon.
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

JohnDoggett » Apr 1 '18
Automaton is my favorite Jamiroquai's album since Synkronized ! Like a puzzle, all the tracks fit together and continue to grow on me. Every song get this "nice and happy touch" that make me happy when I listen to the album. Even Superfresh & We Can Do It for which I was far to be hooked at first !


My favorite track is still Vitamin (one of the best Jamiroquai's track for me) and like Dyego I dream about a full album with this cosmic jazzfunk direction. But I love each track for a special reason (a particular sound or construction, its ability to create images in my mind...there is no rational explanation and it's perfect for me !).


So I'm still listening it and this album is now like a very good friend which I like to see and obviously hear.


I feel a simple and genuine pleasure for this generous Automaton. The previous (which I like) missed that thing.

Congratulations & Thank you Jamiroquai !

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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

woundedbuffalo » Apr 1 '18
A year on, I also think this is one of their best albums. It reminds me of Synkronized and AFO, which is a good thing, but it also feels fresh and new. I still listen to it regularly, the only tracks I tend to skip are Nights Out and We Can Do It. Everything supporting the album has been amazing too - the marketing, the live shows, the hat, the videos (well, at least the first one!), it's great to have them back at their best!
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

Dye » Apr 1 '18
It is also a very upbeat album. Every song has a positive thrust, you can feel J was in a good place emotionally. Contrast to RDLS which had some sad/unhappy tunes like Hurtin', Two Completely..., Goodbye to my Dancer, Never Gonna Be Another.
The lyrics on RDLS were probably a bit better though, but I like that Automaton is a party album from start to finish. Is just upbeat and fun.
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

JohnDoggett » Apr 3 '18
This bitterness begins really with A Funk Odyssey (Little L, Love Foolosophy, Stop Don't Panic, Main Vein, Twenty Zero One, Picture of My Life). I remember that I was shocked at first by its coldness and its melancholy (lyrically and musically) amplified by all the drums machine. Even the "luminous tracks" were dark (You Give Me Something, Corner Of The Earth). That's why I was highly disappointed by this album firstly. I expected a powerful Synkronized in 2001.

Moreover, this construction of electronic track and acoustic don't work for me. I still feel it weird. Two separate discs would have been a better choice (like Cypress Hill' s album "Skulls and Bones" in 2000 with a rap cd and a metal/rap cd).


The opposition dark/light should had been a good theme for the opus : "Metaphysical" in the space for the electronic tracks and "physical" in the Planet Earth with the acoustic tunes. Never mind.


By the way the recurrences of this line "I feel so good "(in Feels Good, Main Vein and So Good To Feel Real) were too many to be true : it's even suspect !


Now it's okay ! By the time, I've learn to appreciate the 5th album. Even if I prefer the Test Pressing Version Than the released one.


This Dark/Light Mood, this bipoloarity will be present between 2000-2013 : from Everybody's Going To The Moon to Smile, from the A Funk Odyssey Tour to The Rock Dust Light Star Tour with some shiny gigs (2003 and 2010 for example), like the disappearance and the return of the horns in this context !

Some people said that the Denise Van Outen's ghost (a kind of Calypso) is the main origins of this instability. Maybe (Little L, Love Foolosophy, Tallulah, Hurtin', Blue Sky, Goodbye to My Dancer).

Maybe not. Maybe it was also the drug problems. I don't know.


Check the Automaton's liner notes : Jay (Ulysses) wanted to stop the music but had been encouraged to go on (by companions) Fortunately !


Today, Jay is free from the past, has a family and I should say "let there be light " for a new begining !

Because, beyond all the past passionate debats about the Jamiroquai sound, Jamiroquai is a funky/party glow to me with a warm sound.

This is precisely what I find in Automaton and this is why it is my Jamiroquai's best album since 1999.

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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

Ezbe » Apr 11 '18
I absolutely agree with everything Dye said about Automaton! I think it is their best album in a long, long time. It’s much more cohesive than RDLS and Dynamite, and it manages to do something that those last two albums don’t - sound modern *and* keep the Jamiroquai vibe strong. Automaton is still on heavy rotation in my life a year on, especially as my kids love it! More of the same for a next album, please.
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

ophone » May 7 '18
I have to admit, I'm one of the "Nothing can top the two first albums" crowd.

Jamiroquai never came back to such warm and earthy jazziness, the main reason why I like that band.


When I listened to Automaton the first time I was disappointed. For me it was too cold and electronic.
Luckily I took Meike's advice and gave it a new listen.

Finally I like the album, although it's far away from Jamiroquai's roots. I had about the same experience with A Funk Odyssey, it had to grow to me.


Initially I thought "Hot Property" to be the best song on the album. On the one hand because I was imagining how this hot woman would look like, on the other because of these brain tickling high pitched synthesizer sounds, weirdly enough. In the meantime I prefer songs like "Dr Buzz" and "Vitamin".


I'm glad that the rhythm section (drums and bass) is still the main pillar of Jamiroquai music.

And I agree that Automaton can be considered to be one entity. Last time we had this was with A Funk Odyssey.

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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

mojogonlopoto » May 10 '18
I agree with the idea that this album is solid, I always thought this was the natural evolution coming from AFO. After more than one year, I can say I'm not getting tired of this album. Very different than the original roots of the band, but everyone needs to evolve. Can you imagine a band making exactly the same during 25 years? They'd dissapear for sure...
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

ophone » May 13 '18

OK, evolution is a normal thing, but this doesn't change my preferences.

There are bands of which I think their sound improved as they evolved.

As one example: Incognito. It's not the albums from the time when I discovered that band that I prefer


By the way, there's at least one band I know that didn't really change its sound over the decades, basically playing the same song over and over again, and which was successful: Status Quo. Kinda obvious with such a name.
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

Dye » May 16 '18
I've always used Incognito as an example of a band that yes, they have evolved somehow from their earlier stuff, but they don't move much from the acid jazz/soul genre. They don't delve into other types of music, they have a few uptempo almost disco-funk songs, but they're not really. In a way I appreciate this, "if it ain't broken...". Their albums are always safe to listen to.
But what Jamiroquai does best and better than any other band -in my opinion- is touching all kinds of music genres and still make it sound like them. Bit of funk, bit of disco, bit of jazz, bit of reggae, bit of rock, bit of electronica... it's all in there. They don't get enough credit.
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Re: Automaton, the album - released one year ago

OlSumBitch » Jun 16 '18
I like the album very much. It was defiantly not what I expected but all the songs grow on me the more I listen. I am glad Jamiroquai is constantly moving forward with what they release and not releasing cookie cutter albums in an attempt to stay relevant or make a few bucks. At the same time they are moving forward yet bring with them the style they have always had. I still jam to the funk and smooth lyrics. They are just a kick ass band period.