Remedy (Basement Jaxx album)

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Remedy
Studio album by Basement Jaxx
Released 10 May 1999
Recorded 1998
Genre House, dance-pop
Length 57:03
Label XL
Producer Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe
Basement Jaxx chronology
Remedy
(1999)
Jaxx Unreleased
(2000)
Singles from Remedy
  1. "Red Alert"
    Released: 13 July 1999
  2. "Rendez-Vu"
    Released: 2 August 1999
  3. "Jump N' Shout"
    Released: 14 December 1999
  4. "Bingo Bango"
    Released: 2000

Remedy is the debut studio album by English electronic dance music duo Basement Jaxx, released in 1999 by record label XL.

Recording[edit]

Remedy was recorded in 1998.[citation needed]

Content[edit]

"Same Old Show" samples the chorus from song "On My Radio" by The Selecter.[citation needed]

Release[edit]

Remedy was released on 10 May 1999 in the UK and August 3, 1999 in the US, by record label XL.

Four singles were released from the album: "Red Alert" on 13 July, "Rendez-Vu" on 2 August, "Jump N' Shout" on 14 December and "Bingo Bango" in 2000. "Red Alert" was the first Basement Jaxx single to reach number 1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. "Rendez-Vu" also reached number 1 later in the year, and "Bingo Bango" became their third number 1 single the following year.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 88/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 5/5 stars[3]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Entertainment Weekly A[6]
Melody Maker 4.5/5 stars[7]
NME 9/10[8]
Q 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[10]

The album has a rating of 88 on review aggregator website Metacritic, signifying "universal acclaim".[1]

AllMusic's John Bush gave Remedy a 5/5 rating, calling it "one of the most assured, propulsive full lengths the dance world has seen since Daft Punk's Homework."[2] Marc Weingarten of Entertainment Weekly gave it an 'A' rating and called it "[a] blissful joy ride".[6] NME gave it 9 out of 10 stars and called it "probably as good a dance album as anyone from these Isles has produced this decade."[8] Alternative Press wrote: "Somewhere on this album, Basement Jaxx have created a song that you're going to love, no matter what sort of music you listen to [...] the mere existence of Remedy shows hope for modern music's future."[3] Melody Maker wrote that the album "repeatedly, and durably, synthesises those notoriously unstable dance music elements; the dizzying dancefloor rush and the complex, long-lasting emotional hit", calling it "deft and obvoiously heartfelt" and "truly great."[7]

The A.V. Club was less favourable, said it was "nowhere near as revolutionary as the hype would insinuate", though noting that it does "offer its distinct pleasures."[11]

Remedy was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rendez-Vu"   Felix Buxton, Simon Ratcliffe 5:45
2. "Yo-Yo"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 4:29
3. "Jump N' Shout"   Buxton, M. James, Ratcliffe 4:42
4. "U Can't Stop Me"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 3:40
5. "Jaxxalude"     0:35
6. "Red Alert"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 4:17
7. "Jazzalude"     0:23
8. "Always Be There"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 6:24
9. "Sneakalude"     0:11
10. "Same Old Show"     5:55
11. "Bingo Bango"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 5:58
12. "Gemilude"     0:47
13. "Stop 4 Love"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 4:53
14. "Don't Give Up"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 5:15
15. "Being with U"   Buxton, Ratcliffe 3:49
Total length:
57:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Felix Buxton – vocals, producer
  • Simon Ratcliffe – various instruments, producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reviews for Remedy by Basement Jaxx – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Bush, John. "Remedy – Basement Jaxx | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "[Remedy review]". Alternative Press: 92. September 1999. 
  4. ^ Savlov, Marc (10 September 1999). "Record Reviews (Basement Jaxx: Remedy)". The Austin Chronicle. Archived from the original on 27 December 2002. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Basement Jaxx". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Weingarten, Marc (20 August 1999). "[Remedy review]". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "[Remedy review]". Melody Maker: 44. 5 August 1999. 
  8. ^ a b "[Remedy review]". NME. 6 April 1999. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Walters, Barry (19 August 1999). "[Remedy review]". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 12 November 2007. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  10. ^ Gundersen, Edna (31 August 1999). "Basement Jaxx, Remedy". USA Today. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Klein, Joshua (19 April 2002). "Basement Jaxx: Remedy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 August 2012.