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Since Simon Radcliffe and Felix Burton of Basement Jaxx released the unbelievable Remedy in 1999, house music has experienced a slight identity crisis. But even as trance and Fatboy Slim-style big beat saturate the dance floor, the primal, funky soul of true house that the Jaxx duo know and love clearly reverberates beneath it all. With Rooty, Radcliffe and Burton finish the job they started on Remedy by listening to their instincts, stripping away the gloss, taking some creative risks, and coming up with some of the rawest grooves in recent memory. The first track and single "Romeo" doesn't waste any time, parlaying an irresistible hook and a relentlessly up vibe into the most danceable three and a half minutes of 2001. Frankie Knuckles-era Chicago house and War's deep Latin funk are audible throughout, along with an adventurous production sense; "SFM" packs in a wild kaleidoscope of howls and cross-rhythms while slinking along and rubbing itself on the furniture like a cat in heat. Still, given the level of creative license at work here, the record sometimes misses the mark. Songs like "I Want U" reach for progressive funk, but forget the low bass end that can give a silly, airy song some gravity. But more often that not, the band's decision to eschew beats in favor of dirtier, sexier means of rhythmic expressions pays off. Witness the fat bass line at work in "Get Me Off," as a breathy tease of a lead vocal turns into an outright come-on. Somehow both relentlessly modern and a throwback to simpler, funkier times, Rooty is an effective way to jog the memory should you have forgotten the egg that came before the trance chicken. --Matthew Cooke
Top Customer Reviews
Most of the songs are good, but like the Amazon review said, sometimes they forget the low end and end up with stuff that sounds weird but doesn't make you want to move your feet. The album races through a LOT of variety, especially with the south of the border flair of broken dreams, the gospel energy and the mind altering spasms of SFM and Crazy Girl. The songs are a lot shorter than they were on Remedy, leaving the album pretty short but massively effective. The only remotely weak link would be I Want U, but it is not bad enough to skip most of the time. (Oh yeah, I must be the only Basement Jaxx fan in the entire world who finds Where's Your Head At pretty annoying). Even the chilled closer, All I Know, is well done.
Besides being assertively unique and having unprecedented diversity, Rooty is one of the most accessible innovations of its kind. If you look at much of the material from a musician's point of view, there is still a lot going on from the aspect of chords and rhythms and integrity to the plethora of genres. Most marginal or good dance producers have only a rudimentary understanding of music, but Basement Jaxx does more than dress up crapy material in wild studio sheen. This is good stuff, even though it can get so silly that it's actually corny.
The beginning has the "Basement Jaxx" intro again and melts into Romeo which is Rendez-Vouz pt.2, but still brilliant. Breakaway is pure funk and sounds like Prince went into the studio tripping on acid, had gone mad on the synthesizers and still made something amazing out of it. Buxton & Radcliffe wear the "Sign O' The Times" influence on their sleeves for sure on Rooty. Jus 1 Kiss sounds like the Bee Gees guested on vocals. What makes them so great is their excellent use of guest vocals and blending their music around it. Where's Your Head At is the big hit from the album and a true pumping party classic. All in all, this, Remedy and Kish Kash are on an even par. I couldn't possibly decide which to get first. They're that good.
(5***** and a quarter) for "Rooty"
For making a Happy, Feel Good and Innovative consistent work!
Most recent customer reviews
To be honest, after all I heard about "Rooty", I expected a bit more. It's not bad, just not excellent. "Romeo" is a good start. Read morePublished on July 5 2004 by H3@+h
Now, the only reason I even heard of this album was because I saw the absolutely HILARIOUS music video for 'Where's Your'e Head At' with the monkeys, and I really dug the song, so... Read morePublished on June 12 2004 by Melting_Pot
This album is just so much fun ... it's one big party. After their fantastic house/electronica album "Remedy", the boys of Basement Jaxx made a slight departure with "Rooty", which... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Douglas King
Fantastic, original, catchy, and almost 'joyous.' Basement Jaxx just keeps coming out with excellent music. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by Kyla
I remember when Basement Jaxx actually sounded serious and not goofy and stupid etcetra...What is this? It's like Disney music or something. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2003
This album is amazing. What a fusion the Jaxx have come up with. i have never heard remedy but this album makes me curious. where's your head at is the standout track with Romeo. Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2003
my two cents: "rooty" is completely cheesy at times and the lyrics/voices are typical dance-music voices with nothing lyrically to say which is usually a recipe for me... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by T. Snyder
The problem I have with most dance music is that it just sorta thumps by, but doesn't have any personality. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002 by Craig Luft