A Funk Odyssey

Epic EK 85954

Epic EK 85954

Jamiroquai is incredibly beloved by many around the world—especially throughout Europe, where its new album debuted at No. 1 in numerous markets. While the odds of this happening in this U.S. are (unfortunately) slim, fans of the Jay Kay-fronted outfit will find much to admire on A Funk Odyssey. Nine years after emerging from London's acid jazz scene—and global sales of 16 million units over the course of four albums—Jamiroquai continues to mine a musical playing field that pays homage to such soul, funk, and disco artists as Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, and Chic. The set's first single, "Little L," is already a bona fide hit on international dancefloors. The act's presence on the club scene will only continue as additional tracks—the acid house-inflected "Feel So Good" and the wonderfully buoyant "You Give Me Something," for example—are released. And for those who wish Jamiroquai would dabble in something other than its signature sound, direct your attention to the cinematic "Picture of My Life" and the bossa nova-shaded "Corner of the Earth," sublime pieces both.—MP