jj
jj n° 2


3.0
good

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
August 14th, 2009 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I was thinking the same thing you are. “What a fucking weird band name... and why is there a blood- splattered cannabis leaf on the cover?”

Well, subsequent listens to jj n° 2 prove your suspicions right- they ARE a mysterious band from Sweden that creates sunny pop music with eclectic influences and a fair share of quirkiness.

Delicate guitar and synth lines correspond well with the equally delicate vocals and harmonies; the songs feel like they may snap in half at any point. The irony is, it works much better when they do. When a sample from Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” unexpectedly drops by on album highlight “Ecstasy,” the results are appealing. Don’t expect this sample to hold you over until Rebirth though, Lil Weezy followers. I have a feeling this may not be your cup ‘o tea. jj n° 2 never strays away from an ebullient, lighthearted mood that falls under an obscure category called “balearic beat”- think, Caribbean dance beats. Add a hint of ambient here and there, some nonsensical samples (i.e. random Youtube reporter “ I'm dyin' in this ***ing country-ass ***ed-up town."), and you’ve just found the mysterious Swedes, jj.

As far as lyrics go, these are a bit predictable and trite, but they clearly aren’t the focus. The female voice coos about “a place in the sun where we used to live,” but it’s the island sounds that really take you there. All the vocals are sung in lower-case letters, to the benefit of the music and the overall atmosphere.

The songs, when listened to individually, are fairly likable. Although, with the longest song clocking in at a measly 3:34, you can barely call them ditties. I felt as if there was never quite enough to grasp on to. As soon as I thought I was getting an ear for a song, it flitted away. The closer, “Me & Dean,” is very appropriate consider that it fades away amidst laughter around two and a half minutes.

If jj n° 2 sounds like your quintessential hipster band, then you’re about right. Not too many people are going to fall in love with this, but those who do are sure to gush about it on their blogs for the coming months until the next fad inevitably arrives. My reaction towards jj n° 2 s characterized by indifference. While jj is likable and relaxing, there’s simply not enough substance to push the album towards regular listens.



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BallsToTheWall
August 14th 2009


44482 Comments


Good review, bizarre name but this sounds primising. Especially since i've been in a big gay relationship with a guy named Dean for the past 8 years.

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

joshuatree
Emeritus
August 14th 2009


3742 Comments


album's pretty meh

SeaAnemone
August 14th 2009


20376 Comments


I've been listening to a lot of meh stuff lately, but you're "digging" thing was a good reminder for something that should prove to be otherwise.

Digging: Holy Sons - Lost Decade II

SeaAnemone
August 14th 2009


20376 Comments


and Balls? it's been 8 years already?! wow, time flies when you're having gay sex, amirite?

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2009


15043 Comments


i still kinda want this

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2009


15740 Comments


downloaded this but really have no intention of listening to it

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

BallsToTheWall
August 14th 2009


44482 Comments


Yeah, we met when I was 12 and he was 37.

Kiran
Emeritus
August 15th 2009


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've been thinking about getting this since I usually tend to check hyped Swedish bands out more out of patriotism than anything else

CompanionCube
August 15th 2009


977 Comments


i might get this just for the hipster points

essplode
August 15th 2009


92 Comments


Pretty meh. Okay for a few chill spins but lyrics grow aggravatingly asinine.

Yazz_Flute
August 15th 2009


18787 Comments


haha balls

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timbo8
August 15th 2009


618 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm really digging this at the moment. Really relaxing summer music.

Captain North
August 15th 2009


6789 Comments


Holy shit, I didn't know Kirgasm was Swedish. That's hot.

AggravatedYeti
August 15th 2009


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ya this is good...

Kiran
Emeritus
August 15th 2009


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy shit, I didn't know Kirgasm was Swedish. That's hot.

I know right

Waior
August 15th 2009


11452 Comments


Solid review. I think the summary would be better as the beginning of the introductory paragraph. And maybe skip the summary completely?

SeaAnemone
August 15th 2009


20376 Comments


Funny you say that- that's how I wrote the review, but made the edit after I couldn't find an acceptable summary. I should write one, though... something that sounds more natural. Thanks.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
August 17th 2009


4927 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty cool album, best part about it is it's length, any longer and it'd be worse

KTV
August 23rd 2009


760 Comments


really enjoyed this

Kiran
Emeritus
August 31st 2009


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was expecting something more summer-y and tropical, like Air France, for some reason, so this is a bit duller than I hoped Still decent.



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