A Funk Odyssey

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A Funk Odyssey
Studio album by Jamiroquai
Released 3 September 2001 (2001-09-03) (UK)
11 September 2001 (2001-09-11) (US)
Recorded November 2000-September 2001
Genre Funk, R&B, dance, electronic, disco, house
Length 48:17
Label Sony Soho Square (UK)
Epic (US)
Producer Rick Pope
Jamiroquai chronology
An Online Odyssey
(2001)
A Funk Odyssey
(2001)
Late Night Tales: Jamiroquai
(2003)
Singles from A Funk Odyssey
  1. "Little L"
    Released: 13 August 2001
  2. "You Give Me Something"
    Released: 19 November 2001
  3. "Love Foolosophy"
    Released: 25 February 2002
  4. "Corner of the Earth"
    Released: 8 July 2002

A Funk Odyssey is the fifth studio album by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai, released on 3 September 2001 on Sony Soho Square in the United Kingdom and 11 September 2001 on Epic Records in the United States.

Background[edit]

Combining features of disco, funk and electronica, the release of the album represented the peak of international commercial success for Jamiroquai, and in the ensuing world tour the group became a household name in many countries. The sleeve art of A Funk Odyssey features Jay Kay posed in front of a series of lasers that form the famous "Buffalo Man" logo, making it the first Jamiroquai album not to feature the logo prominently on its cover. The album marks a departure from the band's previous acid jazz sound; the band finds themselves in a disco funk vibe, and is also very focused on an electronica sound, evident especially in "Twenty Zero One" and "Stop Don't Panic". A popular fan interpretation is that "Main Vein" is a song written about Denise van Outen, Jay's ex-girlfriend, but from her perspective; the song would have thus featured a female vocalist and would showcase the same fight shown in "Little L" but from Denise's perspective. A test pressing of the album features an instrumental of "Main Vein", which supports this theory.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (58/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Dotmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B [4]
FHM 2/5 stars[5]
Q 4/5 stars

Initial critical response to A Funk Odyssey was generally mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 58, based on 13 reviews.[1] Q magazine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, claiming "A certified thoroughbred. This time, there's a bankable chorus or barbed sentiment for every mirror-ball moment....demonstrating that no-one does sci-fi boogie quite as well as he does sci-fi boogie." They also listed it as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[6] CMJ described the album as "The perfect mixtape to snap your fingers to on your way to another universe."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feel So Good"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith 5:21
2. "Little L"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith 4:55
3. "You Give Me Something"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris, Nick Fyffe 3:23
4. "Corner of the Earth"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris 5:40
5. "Love Foolosophy"   Jay Kay, Toby Smith 3:45
6. "Stop Don't Panic"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris, Nick Fyffe 4:34
7. "Black Crow"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris, Nick Fyffe 4:02
8. "Main Vein"   Jay Kay 5:05
9. "Twenty Zero One"   Jay Kay 5:15
10. "Picture Of My Life"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris, Toby Smith 4:11
11. "So Good To Feel Real" (Bonus Track) Jay Kay 2:04
Total length:
48:15
  • Japanese Bonus Tracks
12. "Do It Like We Used To Do" - 6:49
13. "Deeper Underground" - 4:44
  • Australian Bonus Disc
  1. "Do It Like We Used To Do" - 6:49
  2. "Everybody's Going To The Moon" - 5:22
  3. "Little L" (Video)
  • Australian Tour Edition Bonus Disc
  1. "Space Cowboy" (Classic Club Mix) - 7:52
  2. "Supersonic" (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Vocal) - 7:00
  3. "Deeper Underground" - 4:44
  4. "Little L" (Bob Sinclair Remix) - 7:28
  5. "You Give Me Something" (Full Intention Remix) - 3:03
  6. "Main Vein" (Live) - 5:14
  • Asian Tour Edition Bonus Disc
  1. "Everybody's Going To The Moon" - 5:22
  2. "Do It Like We Used To Do" - 6:49
  3. "Deeper Underground" - 4:44
  4. "Little L" (Bob Sinclar Remix) - 7:28
  5. "You Give Me Something" (Full Intention Remix) - 3:03
  6. "Main Vein" (Live) - 5:14
  • South African Tour Edition Bonus Disc
  1. "Main Vein" (Live) - 5:14
  2. "Do It Like We Used To Do" - 6:49
  3. "You Give Me Something" (Full Intention Remix) - 3:03
  4. "Little L" (Blaze Remix) - 5:55
  5. "Love Foolosophy" (Mondo Grosso Love Acoustic Version) - 4:44
  6. "Corner Of The Earth" (Milk & Sugar Short Club Mix) - 4:13
  • French Tour Edition Bonus Disc
  1. "Everybody's Going To The Moon" - 5:22
  2. "Do It Like We Used To Do" - 6:49
  3. "Main Vein" (Live) - 5:14
  4. "Titan" (Live At Telewest Arena) - 3:15
  5. "Feels So Good" (Knee Deep Vocal Dub) - 7:34
  6. "Love Foolosophy" (Mondo Grosso Love Acoustic Version) - 4:44
  • Original Test Pressing
  1. "Feel So Good" (Uncut) – 6:24
  2. "Little L" (Extra Percussion) – 4:55
  3. "You Give Me Something" (Uncut) – 5:16
  4. "Interlude #1" – 0:35
  5. "Main Vein" (No Vocals – Cut) – 4:51
  6. "Corner Of The Earth" (Vocal Variation) – 5:40
  7. "Twenty Zero One" (Uncut) – 8:29
  8. "Black Crow" (Vocal Variation) – 4:02
  9. "Interlude #2" – 1:22
  10. "Do It Like We Used To Do" (Edited) – 6:49
  11. "Stop Don't Panic" (Uncut) – 5:31
  12. "Interlude #3" – 0:20
  13. "Picture Of My Life" (Vocal Variation – Cut) – 3:46
  14. "So Good To Feel Real" – 2:14

Outtakes[edit]

"Cannabliss" was a track which was performed live during a pre-album tour in 2001. The track was scrapped from the project after Jay claimed that it wasn't even half complete at the time of going to press. The track's introduction was re-used for "Corner of the Earth". The album's title track, "A Funk Odyssey", was performed by the group while on tour, however, was not included on the album. It is unknown whether this track is an outtake from the album, or was intended as a live-only track. "Shoot The Moon" was a further outtake from the album, performed live at least twice, once at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2003, and once at a concert in Turkey. A widely circulated recording of the song being played at the festival exists, and can be found on the group's official website for download. One interesting fact about the song is that it was intended to have a horn section. The band did not have a horn section at the time, so the electric guitar had to substitute the horns. A studio version was never recorded. The test pressing of the album also featured three interludes. The first features band frontman Jay in an electronically manipulated monologue, asking himself why he would want to "shut down the funk assembly unit." The second interlude is a beatbox track, which was later sampled in the single "Feels Just Like It Should", while the third features Strauss' "The Blue Danube" being faded in slowly at a low volume. A case of synchronicity occurs when the test pressing is played to Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey.[7]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[8] 4× Platinum 280,000^
France (SNEP)[9] 2× Gold 200,000*
Italy (FIMI)[10] Platinum 100,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[11] Platinum 255,000[12]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[13] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[14] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[16] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Preceded by
Stupido hotel by Vasco Rossi
Italian FIMI Chart number-one album
31 August 2001 – 7 September 2001
Succeeded by
Shake by Zucchero
Preceded by
Vespertine by Björk
French SNEP Chart number-one album
8 September 2001
Succeeded by
des Visages des Figures by Noir Désir
Preceded by
Iowa by Slipknot
UK number one album
15 – 28 September 2001
Succeeded by
The Id by Macy Gray
Preceded by
Radio zum Glück by Züri West
Swiss Music Chart number-one album
16 – 23 September 2001
Succeeded by
Shake by Zucchero
Preceded by
Bridget Jones's Diary (OST) by Various Artists
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
10–16 September 2001
14 January – 3 February 2002
11 February – 24 February 2002
Succeeded by
V by Live

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