Not unlike one of its lead singer Jay Kay's much publicized Lamborghinis, the U.K. funk band Jamiroquai is primarily a vehicle for its frontman's various fetishes. Which is another way of saying that Kay loves disco and fancy retro sneakers and he wears both well. He has done so ever since he hippie-danced his way out of the acid jazz ghetto of the early '90s with Jamiroquai's revelatory debut album, Emergency on Planet Earth.
Of the rock critics who habitually slate Jay Kay, more than a few could be outed as fawning acolytes back in 1992, when he was the idiot-hatted darling of the acid jazz movement. If his career had ended when acid jazz did, he'd be reverently remembered as a soulful wild child, but he had the temerity to become enormously successful. He and his Ferraris now generate irritation that won't be quelled by the release of his sixth album.