Rock Dust Light Star

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Rock Dust Light Star
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Studio album by
Released1 November 2010
Recorded2009–2010
Studio
  • London, England
  • Thailand
Genre
Length52:06
Label
ProducerCharlie Russell and Brad Spence
Jamiroquai chronology
Multiquai
(2006)
Rock Dust Light Star
(2010)
Automaton
(2017)
Jamiroquai studio album chronology
Dynamite
(2005)
Rock Dust Light Star
(2010)
Automaton
(2017)
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
Play.com slipcase cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Consequence of SoundB[1]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[4]
PopMatters7/10[5]
musicOMH3.5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic

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

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. 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 Kay claimed that the tone and style of the album was hard for him to describe.[9] 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.[10] In a review for The Daily Telegraph, the album was described as "blistering, poetic, meaty, reflective and inspiring".[11] For this album, Kay took inspiration from Rod Stewart, Roxy Music, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones "in their more rock/disco phase".[12]

Reception[edit]

Upon release, the album debuted at #7 on the UK Albums Chart with sales of about 34,378 copies.[13][14] As of December 2010, the album has sold 210,000 copies worldwide. On 17 December 2010, the album was certified Gold in the UK for reaching sales of 100,000 copies.[15][better source needed] 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.[16]

Outtakes[edit]

Although a total of 30 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.[17] 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 outtake from Rock Dust Light Star. On June 9, the winner of the competition was announced, and the song was initially made available for free download via SoundCloud and was later published for free download on music journalism sites such as Earmilk.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock Dust Light Star"Jay Kay, Rob Harris, Matt Johnson4:39
2."White Knuckle Ride"Kay, Johnson3:33
3."Smoke and Mirrors"Kay, Johnson, Harris4:30
4."All Good in the Hood"Kay, Paul Turner, Harris3:35
5."Hurtin'"Kay, Harris4:15
6."Blue Skies"Kay, Johnson3:51
7."Lifeline"Kay, Matt Johnson, Harris4:39
8."She's a Fast Persuader"Derrick McKenzie, Kay, Johnson, Turner, Harris, Sola Akingbola5:16
9."Two Completely Different Things"Kay, Harris4:25
10."Goodbye to My Dancer"Kay, Johnson, Harris4:06
11."Never Gonna Be Another"Kay, Johnson4:08
12."Hey Floyd"McKenzie, Kay, Johnson, Turner, Akingbola5:09
Total length:52:06

Japanese bonus track

  1. "That's Not the Funk" – 3:22

Deluxe Edition bonus tracks[19]

  1. "All Good in the Hood" (acoustic version) – 3:39
  2. "Angeline" (McKenzie, Kay, Harris) – 3:29
  3. "Hang It Over" (Kay, 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]

Adapted from the Jamiroquai Universal website.[20]

  • Malcolm Strachan – trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Jim Corry – saxophone
  • James Russell – saxophone, flute
  • Matt Johnson – keyboards
  • Rob Harris – guitar
  • Paul Turner – bass guitar
  • Simon Hale – strings
  • Derrick McKenzie – drums
  • Sola Akingbola – percussion
  • Jay Kay – vocals
  • Valerie Etienne – background vocals
  • Hazel Fernandez – background vocals

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[47] none 86,300 [46]*
Italy (FIMI)[48] Platinum 60,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[49] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Gold 100,000^

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

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