Groove Armada's fourth album, which follows last year's Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub), is, without question, the U.K.
Groove Armada's fourth album, which follows last year's Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub), is, without question, the U.K. duo's most listenable to date. Helmed by Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, Groove Armada gained recognition for kitschy club anthems like "I See You Baby," but Lovebox veers more toward the rock and soul spectrum than previous efforts. There are curveballs aplenty, including "Hands of Time," a slice of psychedelic soul starring folk great Richie Havens; "Think Twice," a downtempo jam strengthened by the vocals of Neneh Cherry; and "Madder," an unusual rock cut laced with toasting from British MC M.A.D. But the men of Armada haven't fully abandoned their dancefloor roots, as evidenced on the bouncy, dancehall-tinged flavor of "Final Shakedown" and the cosmic disco feel of "Easy," a gorgeous collaboration with singer Sunshine Anderson. Lovebox should earn Groove Armada some new fans without alienating the old.—TP