“Automaton” by Jamiroquai

After years of rumors, Jamiroquai is back with a new album and new single. Fans of Jamiroquai’s signature sound of acid jazz and R&B-infused dance music may be disappointed as “Automaton” wades into a dystopic, technology-driven future. While it will undoubtedly become a theme again this year, it is something the band has visited previously on “Virtual Insanity,” and other bands have also deftly approached. In particular, Daft Punk’s Human After All may prove to be an interesting parallel for Automaton, the album. Derided for its relatively redundant and sterile sound, Human After All never received the fanfare Daft Punk’s other entries enjoyed until the duo went on tour. Similarly, reception to the lead single “Automaton” has been somewhat mixed, so it will be interesting to see how the rest of the album fares once it is released on March 31 via Virgin EMI.

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