Junior

Junior

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by Röyksopp
     
 

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Makers of sophisticated dance-pop with more than enough production finesse to intrigue electronica listeners, Röyksopp complete their transition from trip-hop maestros to electronic popsters on their third album, Junior. As on 2005's The Understanding, the melodies here are unmissable, whether there's a

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Makers of sophisticated dance-pop with more than enough production finesse to intrigue electronica listeners, Röyksopp complete their transition from trip-hop maestros to electronic popsters on their third album, Junior. As on 2005's The Understanding, the melodies here are unmissable, whether there's a star vocal feature or not -- and, to signal their rising status, there are several here. Karin Dreijer of the Knife returns for two songs (including the dizzyingly Moroder-like "This Must Be It"), while Robyn makes her Röyksopp debut on "The Girl and the Robot" (which may or may not be an inter-life form torch song), and Lykke Li also makes a first appearance with "Miss It So Much" (also curiously robotic, with the lyric "My mechanical heart, how it tears me apart"). Besides the stars, Anneli Drecker of Bel Canto does the heavy lifting, lending her heavenly voice to four songs. Overall, the Röyksopp duo remain stellar producers, with a good handle on the three things most important to dance-pop: bewitching melodies, intriguing effects, and enough character to find a fanbase among the non-chart-buying public. (Their old standby, back in force here, is a squelchy synth bassline that creaks and shudders as it cycles through arpeggio after arpeggio). As in the past too, many of the usual stylistic signposts are passed -- Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk, Air. In the end, Röyksopp remain among the best at middlebrow dance-pop, crafting music that can and will rule the supermarket aisles while still having a shelf-life longer than the canned ham you'll find there.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
5099969774829
catalogNumber:
97748

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Röyksopp   Primary Artist,Bass,Strings,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Anneli Marian Drecker   Vocals,Background Vocals
Robyn   Vocals
Ole Vegard Skauge   Bass,Bass Guitar
Kato Ådland   Bass,Bass Guitar
Davide Rossi   Strings
Lykke Li   Vocals
Lindy Fay Hella   Background Vocals
Karin Dreijer-Andersson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ted Lewis   Composer
Anneli Marian Drecker   Composer
Garry Shider   Composer
Stian Andersen   Cover Photo
Röyksopp   Arranger,String Arrangements
Svein Berge   Composer
Davide Rossi   Arranger,String Arrangements
Lykke Li   Composer
Chiba Yusuke   Composer

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Junior 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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BubbaMeadows More than 1 year ago
I was first drawn to Royksopp by their single, Happy Up Here. Then, when I was able to, I bought Junior. The first track I listened to was, The Girl and The Robot. It has a great intro with wonderfully bassy tones. And, I would say that this album could be purely instrumental, but the lyrics add that special touch. Try out Happy Up Here, The Girl and The Robot, and It's What I Want. If you like any one of those, give this album a shot. From beginning to end, you'll have a fun time.
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