I saw a song from Remedy in a coke commercial a few years ago and ever since then I've been exploring all the possibilities in electronic music, from Daft Punk to Autechre to Roni Size to whatever. Basement Jaxx always amazes me because they manage to pull so much totally bizarre wackiness into a generally tight and cohesive whole. I mean come on, there are moans and screams and random spoken vocal bits and sirens and funky guitar riffs and it all works. How (...) do they do that? Remedy was cool, just because it was barely more creative than anything else at the time, but Rooty defies expectations by delivering a sound that's not just a skewed take on techno but a totally developed sound in itself.
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.