I was looking back through my blog posts when I realised something – I haven’t talked about one of my favourite bands yet! Jamiroquai are so damn good, I love how funky and bass-orientated they are. How would I rank their fine selection of albums?
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8 – Rock Dust Light Star
- Best Song – White Knuckle Ride
- Worst Song – Hey Floyd
- Underrated Gem – All Good In The Hood
Even Jamiroquai’s “worst” album has some pretty good tracks on it – “Rock Dust Light Star” is a great title track, “Smoke and Mirrors” tells a great story, and “Blue Skies” just missed out on the top spot.
“All Good In The Hood” is actually a pretty great song if you give it a chance, and I recommend any Jamiroquai fan gives it a listen. “White Knuckle Ride” is the clear winner for me – it sounds a bit cheesy, but I love every second of it.
What lets this album down is the disappointingly large number of forgettable tracks; the last five songs are all pretty boring, and specifically “Hey Floyd” is a really underwhelming way to end the album. I wouldn’t choose to listen to this album, but I’m glad it gave us some great Jamiroquai songs.
7 – Automaton
- Best Song – Cloud 9
- Worst Song – Vitamin
- Underrated Gem – Carla
Jamiroquai’s most recent effort was actually pretty good, but I’d say it’s only a low “Good” (A “Good” minus?). I like every track on this album to a varying extent, and even songs like “Vitamin” add some flavour to the record.
Whilst “Automaton” is very consistent, my only problem is that none of the tracks are proper stand-out: the title track is good, “Carla” is an underrated closer, “Summer Girl” has its charm, and the best track probably goes to “Cloud 9”. Hopefully the band gets together to make another album – I don’t think I’ve had my fill of Jamiroquai just yet.
6 – Dynamite
- Best Song – Time Won’t Wait
- Worst Song – Loveblind
- Underrated Gem – Talullah
It’s unfortunate that Jamiroquai’s 3 most recent records take the bottom 3 slots in this list, but that’s just the way it is.
“Dynamite” is still good – in fact, it has some of my favourite Jamiroquai songs on it: “Feels Just Like it Should” is a fantastic opener, “Seven Days in Sunny June” is a beautiful, laid-back track, and other lesser known tracks like “Dynamite” and “Talullah” are great additions.
The best song has to be “Time Won’t Wait”, which might just contain the single greatest bass performance on any Jamiroquai record. I think it was Derrick McIntyre who played bass on that song, so kudos to him.
5 – A Funk Odyssey
- Best Song – Little L
- Worst Song – Feel So Good
- Underrated Gem – Main Vein – Without Sample
Going back through Jamiroquai’s albums, this one surprised me with how many amazing tunes there are littered throughout: “You Give Me Something” is hella funky, “Love Foolosophy” works well with the rest of the record, and “Main Vein” deserves more love from the mainstream.
However, there are a few not-so-great songs on “A Funk Odyssey” as well: “Black Crow” is a meh song, “Twenty Zero One” shouldn’t of been included, and “Feel So Good” is an insultingly bad start to the album. Luckily, “Little L” is what I consider to be the real opening song, and everyone knows that’s one of Jamiroquai’s best.
4 – Emergency on Planet Earth
- Best Song – When You Gonna Learn?
- Worst Song – Didgin’ Out
- Underrated Gem – Blow Your Mind
This might be a hot take: Jamiroquai’s debut is good, but I don’t think it’s as good as people say it is. I’m sure it was fresh and new at the time, but they’ve released better albums since.
My main issue with the album is the last 2 songs – “Revolution 1993” is good for 3 minutes, but then it goes on for another 7. Also, “Didgin’ Out” might be my least favourite Jamiroquai song ever.
I can definitely see why people love this album though – the title track is great, “Too Young to Die” is anthemic, “Hooked Up” is lots of fun, and “Blow Your Mind” is long but rewarding. The very first track – “When You Gonna Learn?” – was a great introduction to what the band were trying to achieve, and they would go on to perfect their sound and smash the next three albums out of the park.
3 – Synkronized
- Best Song – Canned Heat
- Worst Song – Destitute Illusions (I guess)
- Underrated Gems – Black Capricorn Day / Supersonic
While “Automaton” is consistently average, “Synkronized” has 11 great tracks out of 11. I literally couldn’t pick a worst track – “Destitute Illusions” would be my choice if I was being harsh.
I also couldn’t just pick one underrated gem – “Black Capricorn Day” and “Supersonic” are both insanely good, so stop reading this list and check them both out.
Other than that: “King for a Day” and “Deeper Underground” close the album off nicely, “Falling” and “Butterfly” are some nice mellow additions, and “Canned Heat” is a top 3 Jamiroquai song for sure.
2 – The Return of the Space Cowboy
- Best Song – Space Cowboy
- Worst Song – The Kids
- Underrated Gem – Mr Moon
When I think of a Jamiroquai album to listen to, I always come back to these top two phenomenal records. Their second record “The Return of the Space Cowboy” outshone the debut in every way, and there are so many good tracks on it.
I find all the mellow, more instrumental songs (“Manifest Destiny”, “Journey to Arnhemland”, “Morning Glory”) to be delightful, and those are some of the “worst” on the album. “Light Years”, especially the 4 To Da Floor Mix, is one of my favourites, and others like “Scam” and “Stillness in Time” deserve a mention.
There are a couple of strange ones – “Half the Man” is great apart from the weird cat synth noise, and I’ve always found “The Kids” to be the least musically interesting of the bunch. The best track has to be the closing number “Space Cowboy”, which has always been a favourite of mine.
1 – Travelling Without Moving
- Best Song – Cosmic Girl
- Worst Song – Didjerama
- Underrated Gem – Everyday
Any album that starts with “Virtual Insanity” and “Cosmic Girl” (Jamiroquai’s best two songs) was always going to be my favourite, but the great tracks just keep on coming.
“Alright” has an amazing bass drop near the start, “High Times” is full of energy, “Travelling Without Moving” has a jaw-dropping bass performance, and “You Are My Love” was almost my pick for most underrated. That accolade goes to “Everyday”, a beautiful track that somehow has less than 4 million plays on Spotify! It should have at least like 20 or 30 million in a sane world.
This album isn’t without faults, though: the closing track “Spend a Lifetime” is nice but I wanted a bit more, and “Didjerama” continued Jamiroquai’s bizarre fascination with the didgeridoo. If it wasn’t for those two tracks, this would easily be an all-time great – but I’m glad the rest of the songs are still amazing, and this will always be one of my favourite albums ever.
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