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.
Performance CreditsRöyksopp Primary Artist,Bass,Strings,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Anneli Marian Drecker Vocals,Background 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 CreditsTed 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Junior based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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.