Pop Albums: Jamiroquai Travelling Without Moving Sony 483999-9
Friday 13 September 1996
Travelling Without Moving is not without its fair share of laughs. Indeed, "Cosmic Girl" is actually meant to be funny. For the most part, though, the album is a continuation of previous efforts, with less sixth-form hectoring and more goofing around. The band is really very proficient now at the Seventies Afro-American groove, and Jay himself is showing signs of growing emotional width (depth comes later). Having said that, "Drifting Along" is feeble reggae of the sort the Police used to do with a shake, a twist and an olive, and there are no less than two funky didgeridoo instrumentals, which sit less than comfortably next to an in-car recording of Jay at the wheel of his Diablo SE30, complete with gear-snicks and cammy Italianate wail. As our philosopher-prince observes in "Use the Force": "I must believe I'm a rocketman/ I'm a superstar, I can be anyone/ I can step beyond all of my boundaries." You know already whether you want this record.
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