For all of its sunny eclecticism, Natural Ingredients
lacked the darkly funky urban soundscapes that made In Search of Manny
so engaging. Fever in Fever Out
brings that dark funkiness while keeping the pop hooks that made Natural Ingredients
a step forward. Producer Daniel Lanois
keeps his ambient tendencies to a minimum, providing just enough atmosphere to make songs as catchy as the jazzy, intricate "Naked Eye" surprisingly haunting. But what really impresses is the sense of forward motion Luscious Jackson
displays on Fever in Fever Out
, how their eclecticism is becoming more seamless as their songs grow stronger.