BASE­MENT JAXX

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

The party can’t go on for­ever, and there is a strong sense of the morn­ing af­ter the night be­fore to Base­ment Jaxx’s fifth al­bum. Un­like pre­vi­ous fare, which has al­ways tended to come from the brighter and funkier side of the tracks, Scars is moody, broody and, in places, sur­pris­ingly down­cast. Sure, there are car­ni­val at­trac­tions here (the ef­fer­ves­cent Rain­drops), but the em­pha­sis seems to be more on gruff and un­smil­ing tunes, such as the ti­tle track and the melan­cholic My

Turn. Even when the col­lec­tive take a step to­wards the the higher ground, there is a colour-by-num­bers feel to the ma­noeu­vre – Tw­erk sounds like a kiss­ing cousin of their old clas­sic

Jump N’ Shout, while there are also fa­mil­iar hues to the bois­ter­ous soul of She’s No Good. Next time out, Base­ment Jaxx need far more tracks like the ex­traor­di­nary Day of the Sun­flow­ers (We March On), with Yoko Ono emot­ing like an Ibiza new­bie. www.base­men­t­jaxx.co.uk

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