Added on Monday 31 May 1999
With Canned Heat reaching number 4 in the UK charts, James Masterton from the best UK music website (dotmusic) wrote these words "Oh come on, how can you pass anything approaching rational comment on this? The first single from the long-overdue new Jamiroquai album shows Jason Kay et al at the very height of their creative powers with this immaculately produced slice of retro-disco. Canned Heat is plainly and simply an ode to dancing, as good a love song to the power of the disco as anything the Bee Gees ever wrote. After hitting Number One for the first time ever with the song from the Godzilla soundtrack Deeper Underground last July the stock of the band has never been higher and they prove it here with the third Top 5 hit of their career - Canned Heat just falling short of the Number 3 peak scaled by Virtual Insanity in 1996. If you search the web hard enough you will find a Jamiroquai tribute site that carefully archives everything I have written on the band since the launch of dotmusic, almost all of it positive. Lest you think I'm some kind of acolyte I should point out I've never been motivated to buy a Jamiroquai record, it is simply a case of it being hard to find fault with the way they present their music. Their brand of one foot in the past soul-funk and Jay Kay's squeaky vocals are a combination you either love or hate but their chart record over the past few years (12 Top 20 hits since 1993) are a fair indication that they appeal to a great many people".
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