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Opening is a swirling/beeping instrumental "Happy up here", one of four, the others being the lush "Röyksopp Forever", "Silver cruiser", and the stomping "It's what I want" (with deep stabbing retro sounding synths; think Cerrone or Giorgio Moroder).
Robyn lends her vocals to the swirling "The girl and the robot" (with lovely heavenly harmonies). The buzzing/reverb-laden "Vision one" features Anneli Drecker, whose soft vocals also appear on the upbeat but ghostly "You don't have a clue" and the sweeping and groovy "True to life".
Karin Dreijer-Andersson lends her vocals to "This must be it" and the frenetic "Tricky tricky". If she sounds familiar (especially her distinctive Swedish accent), it's because she also lent her vocals to "What Else Is There?" from Röyksopp's sophomore disc "The understanding".
Lykke Li (whose debut "Youth novels" was one of my favourites of last year) lends her elfin vocals to "Miss it so much".
Ecstatic, beautiful and mysterious all at the same time, this is another winner from Röyksopp.
Sometimes the countess adverts made the Norwegians as unwelcomely ubiquitous as Moby.
The Norvegian electronic duo continue to impress with their third album, "Junior", an energetic and enchanting collection of synth-led songs that ease you into a relaxed state of mind.
As always, the Bergen-based outfit have written, performed, arranged, mixed and produced the album, while this time drawing on guest vocals from the best of Scandinavian talent including Swedish hit-maker Robyn, Karin Dreijer-Andersson (lead vocalist in the Knife) and indie-pop darling Lykke Li.
Their contributions are all largely interchangeable, but that's fine, as they are only here to grease the wheels of Röyksopp's sleek Euro electro machine as it motors through a variety of sonic landscapes.
Like Groove Armada and Goldfrapp, the Norwegian duo won fame in the chill-out zone but have since become more interesting.
The opening song on Röyksopp's "Junior" is perfectly-chosen. "Happy Up Here" is a melodic and uplifting track that sets the tone perfectly for the album.
Much of this third album gallops along in a manner that would never suit an air freshener advert, most notably "Tricky Tricky", which sees Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife emoting over a frantic electro rhythm, while Robyn provides another hands-in-the-air moment on "The Girl and the Robot".
In actuality though, they're still better at the dreamy stuff.Read more ›
I became familiar with ROYKSOPP when I had seen the video HAPPY UP HERE. Knew eventually I would start to go after more material from this artist. Lots to go through, anxious to discover ALL OF IT !
This album is my stating point with ROYKSOPP. I am not a veteran with familiarity with this artist but I can certainly say that this album "JUNIOR" is a terrific, beautiful work of art. From a late bloomer fan, gobs of respect so far. Love it ! :)
The entire album starts off with a sample of the Norwegian duo's sincere and joyful laugh. The mood holds with "Happy Up Here", the delightful, bouncy main line that harkens back to Melody AM's mood but with The Understanding's poppy chord structures. An immediate change of tone of "The Girl and the Robot" brings a full vocal track with a backing of haunting moans like those of a middle-age religious piece. Truly this track accomplishes the darkness and melancholy that The Understanding strove for but could not quite reach. The strength of the stand-alone tracks becomes evident from this piece alone and shows how the duo can simultaneously build a rolling soundscape that will still hold its own in the pop singles charts. Vision One continues the future dystopian theme with serious compression occurring on the backing keyboard part lending the entire piece a bit of a sticky feel such as that of Melody AM's 40 years/Come back's string bass part. This Must Be It, albeit fairly forgettable, allows for a less sharp divide between its predecessor, thus allowing for a more sentimental theme to press forward. Royksopp forever delivers another deliciously instrumental piece, a time when they almost always shine. The heavy violins and slurring bass lines bring a feeling of epic confrontation and shift to the track.Read more ›
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One of those rare borderline perfect electronic albums and almost unassailable Röyksopp's greatest complete work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Justin Wood
Perfect! Great pressing great audio engineering, have got a few bad pressings from Royksopp in the past but this one is a winner!Published 8 months ago by John
I can't stop listening to this CD. Except for one song (Vision One), which I find downright annoying (with that creaking instrument) and always skip, the rest is amazing.Published 20 months ago by Dan Hue
My favorite Royksopp album. Every minute is brilliant. I don't know of any other album that has such beautiful music while being so cool. Awesome.Published 21 months ago by JR
I expected more after buying "The Understanding". But Royksopp is a great band so there's plenty of value just the same. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anthony Carter