Poor Norman Cook. A few years back, his DJ alter-ego Fatboy Slim was a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic; his album You’ve Come A Long Way Baby and the accompanying hits combined with excellent and innovative videos made him a superstar DJ, commanding huge sums to play all ‘round the world.

But then he came out from where DJs belong – behind the decks – and the papers (certainly in the UK) were full of him; his TV celebrity wife, his newborn son, his marriage hitting the rocks, etc. – and it all became a bit too much. His next album, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, had the obligatory massive hits, but then it was quiet on the Slim front.

On Palookaville, there are still the instantly catchy and accessible big beat/sample-driven tracks, such as "Slash Dot Dash," "Wonderful Tonight" and "Jin Go La Ba." But on the vocal-assisted tracks, when he tries to be more, he works himself out of it and ends up sounding just like your average band.

That said, there are still some moments here – most notably the last track, a reinterpretation of Steve Miller’s "The Joker" – and while this album isn’t as good as You’ve Come A Long Way Baby and Better Living Through Chemistry, it’s still one for the fans.

Grade: B

Palookaville is currently available.