Rock Dust Light Star

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Rock Dust Light Star
Studio album by Jamiroquai
Released 1 November 2010 (2010-11-01) (UK)
24 April 2012 (2012-04-24) (US)
Recorded 2009-2010
London, England, Thailand
Genre Funk, acid jazz, R&B, rock, dance, electronic, disco, house
Length 52:06
Label Universal, Mercury (UK)
Executive Music Group (US)
Producer Charlie Russell and Brad Spence
Jamiroquai chronology
Multiquai
(2006)
Rock Dust Light Star
(2010)
Singles from Rock Dust Light Star
  1. "White Knuckle Ride"
    Released: 31 October 2010
  2. "Blue Skies"
    Released: 1 November 2010
  3. "Lifeline"
    Released: 24 January 2011
  4. "Smile"
    Released: 9 June 2011
Alternative cover
Play.com Slipcase Cover[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Telegraph.co.uk 4/5 stars link
The Couch Sessions 4/5 stars link
Gaffa 5/6 stars link
Laut.de 4/5 stars link
Die Kopfhoerer 4/5 stars link
Feel The Noise Mag 7.5/10 stars 75/100 link
Express.co.uk 3/5 stars link
Play On Pop 4/5 stars link
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars link
Pantip.com 7/10 stars 7/10 link
Hot Pop (favourable) link
Indie London 3/5 stars link
The Music Fix 3.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Focus 4/5 stars link
Stereoboard 7/10 stars 7/10 link
Virgin media 3/5 stars link
Alternativenation 7/10 stars 7/10 link
Thai Art 7/10 stars 7/10 link
Music OMH 3.5/5 stars link

Rock Dust Light Star is the seventh studio album released by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai. The album was released on 1 November 2010 on Universal Music/Mercury Records in the United Kingdom and 24 April 2012 on Executive Music Group in the United States.[2]

Background[edit]

The album was recorded at Jay Kay's home studio in Buckinghamshire, as well as Hook End Manor in Oxfordshire, and Karma Studios in Thailand.[3] The album is written entirely by the band, and produced by first time collaborators Charlie Russell and Brad Spence. The band revealed that the musical style of the new album will be more centred on funk and rock, however, frontman Jay claimed that the tone and style of the album were hard for him to describe.[4] Promotion of the album began in October 2010, with a press conference involving band members Jay Kay, Derrick McKenzie, Sola Akingbola, Matt Johnson, Paul Turner and Rob Harris. They announced that the group were to play two concerts, in Colombia and Brazil, to promote the album, before discussing plans for a possible world tour in 2011.[5] In a review for the Daily Telegraph, the album was described as "blistering, poetic, meaty, reflective and inspiring".[6] Upon release, the album debuted at #7 on the UK Albums Chart with sales of less than 35,000 copies.[7] As of December 2010, the album has sold 210,000 copies worldwide, less than half of the sales of their previous album, Dynamite. On 17 December 2010, the album was certified Gold in the UK for reaching sales of 100,000 copies.[8] In March 2011, Jamiroquai announced plans for the speculated worldwide tour, starting with dates Hallenstadion in Zurich on 18 March 2011, and ending with two shows at the SECC in Glasgow on 20 April 2011. In June 2011, another string of tour dates were confirmed on the band's website for June and July.[9]

Outtakes[edit]

Although a total of 40 songs were recorded for the album, according to Kay, only 15 tracks appeared across all editions of the album. A video for the album, posted just before release, showed recording of the tracks "I've Been Working" and "Super Highway", however, none of these appeared on the final track listing.[citation needed] "All Mixed Up In You" appeared as a working title for 'Angeline', released as a bonus track in the Deluxe version of the album.[10] Upon the album being made available to pre-order, several retail websites listed the standard album containing thirteen tracks, with track No. 8 called "Your Window Is A Crazy Television". However, upon the album appearing in stores, the track was nowhere to be seen.[citation needed] On 2 June 2011 a competition began to design artwork for a brand new Jamiroquai single, "Smile", an out-take from Rock Dust Light Star. On 9 June the winner of the competition was announced, and the song was made available for download via SoundCloud and iTunes.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rock Dust Light Star"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris, Matt Johnson 4:39
2. "White Knuckle Ride"   Jay Kay, Matt Johnson 3:33
3. "Smoke And Mirrors"   Jay Kay, Matt Johnson, Rob Harris 4:30
4. "All Good In The Hood"   Jay Kay, Paul Turner, Rob Harris 3:35
5. "Hurtin'"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris 4:15
6. "Blue Skies"   Jay Kay, Matt Johnson 3:51
7. "Lifeline"   Jay Kay, Matt Johnson, Rob Harris 4:39
8. "She's A Fast Persuader"   Derrick McKenzie, Jay Kay, Matt Johnson, Paul Turner, Rob Harris, Sola Akingbola 5:16
9. "Two Completely Different Things"   Jay Kay, Rob Harris 4:25
10. "Goodbye To My Dancer"   Jay Kay, Matt Johnson, Rob Harris 4:06
11. "Never Gonna Be Another"   Jay Kay, Matt Johnson 4:08
12. "Hey Floyd"   Derrick McKenzie, Jay Kay, Matt Johnson, Paul Turner, Sola Akingbola 5:09
Total length:
52:06
  • Japanese Bonus Track
13. "That's Not The Funk I Want" - 3:25
  • Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks[11]
  1. "All Good In The Hood" (Acoustic Version) - 3:39
  2. "Angeline" (Derrick McKenzie, Jay Kay, Rob Harris) - 3:29
  3. "Hang It Over" (Jay Kay, Rob Harris) - 4:50
  4. "Rock Dust Light Star" (Live) - 5:42
  5. "White Knuckle Ride" (Alan Braxe Remix) - 3:17
  6. "Blue Skies" (Fred Falke Remix) - 4:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Vocals: Jay Kay
  • Drums: Derrick McKenzie
  • Percussion: Sola Akingbola
  • Guitar: Rob Harris
  • Keyboards: Matt Johnson
  • Bass: Paul Turner
  • Background vocals: Hazel Fernandez & Valerie Etienne
  • Saxes & flute: James Russell
  • Saxes: Jim Corry
  • Trumpet & flugel: Malcolm Strachan
  • Strings: Simon Hale

[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Fier by Nick & Simon
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album
6 November 2010
Succeeded by
The Gift by Susan Boyle
Preceded by
Les Petits Mouchoirs by Soundtrack
French Digital Albums Chart number-one album
7 November 2010 – 14 November 2010
Succeeded by
Some Kind of Trouble by James Blunt

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