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Traveling Without Moving Backwards

A retrospective look at Jamiroquai's album Travelling Without Moving.

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In 1996, Jamiroquai released their third studio album, “Travelling Without Moving,” which would go on to become a landmark album of the 90s. The album, which featured iconic tracks such as “Virtual Insanity” and “Cosmic Girl,” combined funk, acid jazz, and soul influences with socially conscious lyrics, creating a sound that was both classic and contemporary.

As we take a look back at “Travelling Without Moving,” it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on what makes this album so special, and why it continues to resonate with audiences to this day.

At its core, “Travelling Without Moving” is a commentary on social and political issues of the time, including capitalism, environmentalism, and the struggle of the common person against the establishment. Lead vocalist Jay Kay’s unique vocal style, combined with the band’s dynamic instrumentation, create a sound that is both uplifting and thought-provoking. The use of funk bass lines, disco beats, and electronic elements give the album a futuristic edge, while still retaining a sense of timelessness.

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The album’s most iconic track, “Virtual Insanity,” is a perfect example of this. The lyrics explore the disconnect between humanity and technology, and how our reliance on the latter can lead to a loss of identity and a sense of isolation. The song’s music video, which featured Jay Kay dancing on a moving floor, won several awards and became a cultural phenomenon.

Other tracks, such as “Cosmic Girl,” “Alright,” and “High Times,” showcase the band’s versatility, with each track bringing a unique sound and message to the album. The album also includes several instrumental tracks, such as “Didjerama” and “Spend a Lifetime,” which highlight the band’s musical prowess and creativity.

“Travelling Without Moving” was ahead of its time in many ways, but it remains poignant today as we continue to grapple with similar social and political issues. The album’s message of hope and positivity is especially relevant in these times, reminding us that even in the face of adversity, we can still find joy and inspiration in music.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Travelling Without Moving,” we can look back on this timeless masterpiece with appreciation and admiration. Jamiroquai’s unique sound and message continue to inspire new generations of music lovers, and “Travelling Without Moving” remains a must-listen for anyone who appreciates great music that makes you think and feel.

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