Record Review: The BPA – I Think We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

the-bpaThe first few seconds of the new Norman Cook project are a quick reminder that despite a new name (the Brighton Port Authority) and faux back-story (these tracks are from recently unearthed tapes from decades-old late night jams), I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat is still a Fatboy Slim record. Rock-steady guitars and big beats drive the album, but to accuse Cook and frequent collaborator Simon Thornton of rehashing the past with a baker’s dozen of guest singers sells the funk soul brother — always a master of pop hooks — short. With the BPA, Cook achieves what he’s been working towards since he dropped “The Rockafeller Skank” on an unsuspecting public a decade ago — a sublime pop record masquerading as a balls-out party jam. Tracks are short, thoughtful and fun, particularly lead single “Toe Jam,” warbled by David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal. But slow groove tunes like the Olly Hite sung “So It Goes” make the album soar.

This review originally appeared in the February 2009 issue of Exclaim!

  1. Ꮐrea article. I will be faϲing some of these iissues
    аs well..

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