Synkronized

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Synkronized
Jamiroquai Synkronized CD cover.JPG
Studio album by
Released8 June 1999 (United States)
14 June 1999 (UK)
Recorded1998–1999 Chillington Studio, Buckinghamshire
Genre
Length53:06
LabelSony Soho Square (UK)
Work (US)
ProducerAl Stone / Jason Kay
Jamiroquai chronology
In Store Jam
(1997)
Synkronized
(1999)
1999 Remixes
(1999)
Singles from Synkronized
  1. "Deeper Underground"
    Released: 13 July 1998
  2. "Canned Heat"
    Released: 24 May 1999
  3. "Supersonic"
    Released: 13 September 1999
  4. "King for a Day"
    Released: 29 November 1999
  5. "Black Capricorn Day"
    Released: 2 February 2000

Synkronized is the fourth studio album released by British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai. It was released on 8 June 1999 on Work Group in the United States and on 14 June 1999 in the United Kingdom under S2 Records. The album contains funk, acid jazz and disco elements.

Album information[edit]

The album's recording sessions began at Jay Kay's home studio in 1998 under the working title Symphonized. About 9 tracks[1] were recorded, but the band's bassist, Stuart Zender, left partway through the recording in late 1998 over a dispute regarding album credits.[2] Jay Kay hired a replacement, Nick Fyffe. Kay decided to scrap all the tracks and start the album over. The revised album was finished and released within 6 months.[1] An outtake from this album, "Snooze, You Lose", was later released on the mini-album "An Online Odyssey". "Where Do We Go from Here?" was described[by whom?] as the point of change within the group's sound, using rocks with a leap-frogging blues piano and tangy bongos. The final song on the album, "King For A Day", is a regal rock-operatic excursion embellished with fully orchestrated piano and strings, with lyrics relating to Stuart Zender's bad departure.[original research?] It is noticeable that there is no bass guitar or bass synth sound within the song. Didgeridoo player Wallis Buchanan made his last appearance on the song "Supersonic".

The UK version of the album includes the bonus track "Deeper Underground", which was released as a single the previous year and became Jamiroquai's only number-one single in the UK.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
Robert ChristgauC–[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[7]
NME6/10[8]
Spin6/10[9]
Vibefavorable[10]

Rolling Stone gave the album 3 out of five stars, claiming "Synkronized is fifty minutes of sleek, sexy fun; a party album delivered with something like conviction. It's not exactly irresistible, but, really, what's the point of resisting it?"[6] Spin gave the album the same rating, claiming "...redirects the band's British tendency toward smoothed-out old black jams....soaring strings, gyrating congas, hell-bent wah-wah's, and an undeniably live rhythm section that'll hustle your muscles and make you freak to the beat..." Entertainment Weekly claimed "Imagine if [Stevie] Wonder had made a disco album in 1977!....Synkronized is a hat trick done with the sharpest chapeau in the store."[4] College Music Journal claimed "This incessantly upbeat expedition travels into the regions of Travolta-era disco...feverish funk...and instrumental iridescence...keeping your ears tuned to their funktastic audio adventures." Mojo claimed "Synkronized proves Jamiroquai...are capable of knocking up fluid and thrilling grooves at the drop of an enormous hat....Jay's voice is wonderful throughout, delivering his admittedly toe-curling lyrics with...conviction." Q magazine claimed the album was one of the "50 Best Albums of 1999".[11] In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, critic Robert Christgau gave the album a C– rating in his annual "Turkey Shoot",[5] indicating "a bad record of some general import".[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Canned Heat"Jay Kay5:31
2."Planet Home"Jay Kay, Toby Smith4:44
3."Black Capricorn Day"Jay Kay5:41
4."Soul Education"Jay Kay, Toby Smith4:15
5."Falling"Jay Kay, Toby Smith3:45
6."Destitute Illusions"Jay Kay, Toby Smith, Derrick McKenzie5:40
7."Supersonic"Jay Kay, Toby Smith5:15
8."Butterfly"Jay Kay, Toby Smith4:28
9."Where Do We Go from Here?"Jay Kay5:13
10."King for a Day"Jay Kay, Toby Smith3:40
Total length:48:12
UK Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Deeper Underground"Jay Kay, Toby Smith4:46
Japanese Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Getinfunky"Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan5:35
Australian Bonus Disc
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Deeper Underground"Jay Kay, Toby Smith4:46
2."Getinfunky"Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan5:35
3."Wolf in Sheep's Clothing"Jay Kay, Wallis Buchanan4:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Jay Kay – lead vocals
  • DJ D-Zire – wheels of steel
  • Simon Katz – guitar
  • Toby Smith – keyboards
  • Nick Fyffe – bass
  • Derrick McKenzie – drums
  • Sola Akingbola – percussion
  • John Thirkell - trumpet
  • Mike Smith - saxophone
  • Dennis Rollins - trombone
  • Wallis Buchanan – didgeridoo
  • Donny Wallace – platins

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[40] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[41] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[42] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[43] Platinum 455,000 [44]*
Germany (BVMI)[45] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[46] 4× Platinum 800,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[47] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[48] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[49] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Platinum 563,487 [52]^
Summaries
United States (RIAA)[53] N/A 310,000[54]
Europe (IFPI)[55] Platinum 1,000,000*
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 3,000,000 [56]

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

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ Official Stuart Zender leaving announcement
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  8. ^ NME review
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