jj
jj n° 3


2.0
poor

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
March 4th, 2010 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An uninspired follow-up that's rushed and forgettable.

Sure, jj n° 2 was enjoyable enough as a collection of breezy summer jams; listening to it now happily recalls banging it in car stereos on long road trips, and chilling after a long, sun-drenched day, it playing in the background. But that's all it was basically good for, and, even then, in various addled states, I could tell that it was little more than some sun-flecked New Age shit; take away the inspired, polyrhythmic instrumentation, and you'd have little more than a new Enya album.

jj n° 3 seems to exist for little reason other than to prove me right. Despite being marketed as a "winter album" - odd, considering its March release date - the album contains an overwhelming amount of constant and embarrassing melodrama and especially idiotic lyrics. Moments of inspiration - the harmonica of "Let Go", the entirety of the somber, acoustic "Light" - are scarce; much of jj n° 3 is uninspired and oddly boring.

Even more puzzling is the amount of fat on jj n° 3's bones. Despite lasting twenty-seven minutes, the album's a curiously taxing listen, and meanders frequently, especially during the interminable closing minutes of "Golden Virginia". Not helping is the relative homogeneous feel of the music. Mostly synth-drenched and overwhelming, the majority of the material here is syrupy and lackadaisical; the tepid pace of "And Now", the first actual effort of jj n° 3 ("My Life", a Game cover imagined as a piano ballad, opens the album, and doesn't even deserve the mention I'm giving it) continues throughout. These songs just don't seem to go anywhere; their melodies are so slight and jj's singer seems so uninspired that the whole thing just ends up being rather unremarkable. I mean, jj's singer sounds as if she's falling asleep at any moment; it's hard not to want to do the same.

The crude instrumentation of jj n° 2 is still a negative factor; despite being slightly more embellished, the overabundance of sterile synths and a general lack of a human touch makes it close to impossible to become emotionally invested in the album, and it's far too melancholy and off-putting to even work as background, as I mostly used jj n° 2. Lyrically, it's not that much better; jj's singer apparently isn't a big believer in subtlety, and her lyrics are packed with big, open statements of adoration and sadness; all that melodrama tends to get a little messy. It doesn't help that her vocals are perfectly processed and way too far up in the mix, especially since you can hear every cringe-worthy line in total clarity.

With their blood-stained album art and general sense of mystery and anonymity, jj is, on the surface, quite interesting. However, this just makes their music all that more underwhelming; it doesn't even sound like they're trying here, which, as a listener who has invested my precious fucking time listening to this, only upsets me more. Ultimately, jj has the concept and the intrigue down; if only they could get their music to match.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
joshuatree
Emeritus
March 4th 2010


3742 Comments


album sucks, in sort of a hurry so point out typos

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


8007 Comments


Don't you love being proven right?

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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2010


15043 Comments


interest in this band is absolutely nothing

SeaAnemone
March 4th 2010


20375 Comments


definitely won't check this out... the debut was pretty close to being really bad.

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AggravatedYeti
March 4th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll listen to this and probably like it a lot more than you.
whatev's this was a good read.

danielewski
March 4th 2010


56 Comments


didn't mind their first album but

TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2010


7126 Comments


First album was a really fun listen but I don't even know if I would have picked this up if it sounded good. Good review.

erasedcitizen
March 4th 2010


716 Comments


Nice review but My Life is a Game song.

Kiran
Emeritus
March 5th 2010


6001 Comments


first album was ok but ive been staying away from this

Drsmith4
March 6th 2010


1715 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Awful album. Little to no redeeming qualities throughout. And I agree that, even with a short running time, this is so taxing a listen. Bleh.

natey
March 6th 2010


4170 Comments


WHO CAN SAY WHERE THE ROAD GOES, WHERE THE DAY FLOWS, ONLYYYYY TIME

dylantheairplane
March 8th 2010


2170 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This band is so boring.

McP3000
March 11th 2010


3941 Comments


band sucks

AggravatedYeti
March 12th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

still not understanding all the hate...

album is nothing ground breaking, but again they make some serious 'chill-time' music. that's a big improvement on their previous record.

guess my prediction was right : |

natey
March 12th 2010


4170 Comments


who cares if this was a big improvement on their previous record?

AggravatedYeti
March 12th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

your mom

natey
March 12th 2010


4170 Comments


eatadick

cbmartinez
March 14th 2010


2525 Comments


very interested to hear this. I HATED no2 when i first heard it but it grew on me so much. its still kinda really gay, but I guess you have to appreciate it for what it is, super glossy, cheesy pop.

natey
March 14th 2010


4170 Comments


you have to appreciate it for what it is, super glossy, cheesy pop.

sounds like just my thing

Wizard
March 21st 2010


19443 Comments


Really solid review Cam. Band sounds like poo.

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