Boomkat Product Review:
Having been going for ten years now, it's perhaps forgivable that Basement Jaxx should look to their celebrity mates for some vocal support and an injection of fresh ideas on their new album, but with almost every track resplendent with third party contributors, Scars might be viewed as an album where Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe have merely donated their production skills to a bunch of other artists. This idea is supported by a track like 'My Turn' featuring Lightspeed Champion, which sounds like a Lightspeed Champion song reframed by sympathetic, yet inevitably bleepy backing arrangements. Likewise 'What's A Girl Gotta Do?' is arguably more closely related to its guest vocalist, Paloma Faith's heavily styled cabaret schtick, than it is to Basement Jaxx's own compositional repertoire. However you want to categorize it, Scars is a lively affair, with big performances from Santigold, Kelis, Yo Majesty and the reliably left-of-centre Yoko Ono all helping make this feel like a fun, and somehow coherent record despite the sprawling cast.