JMSN
†Pllajë†


4.0
excellent

Review

by fish CONTRIBUTOR (43 Reviews)
February 2nd, 2014 | 24 replies | 1,641 views


Release Date: 11/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This album is about sex

Pllajë is where Christian Berishaj becomes his own man. 2012’s Priscilla may have been a sign of things to come, but a stuttering career in pop rock and blatant Weeknd-worship were not the strongest of foundations for a rebooted career in a new genre (namely the dark variant of R&B). Unlike The Weeknd however, 2013 was the year Berishaj consolidated his new persona. He crafts a simple atmosphere on Pllajë, one made from the finest strands of piano and synth in the knowledge that his music’s strength lies in its pop sensibilities and the thread of melodies which seems to run unfalteringly through the entire album – a light “ooooohoohoooh” there, a little “didn’t you didn’t you didn’t you” there. The transitions between tracks are deliciously smooth and even the percussion has a clean bite which accentuates each hook; it’s easy to miss the choruses if you aren’t paying full attention. The lyrics tell clichéd tales of lost love and sad sex but they’re set into such a lulling vibe that questions of pretence or authenticity are unnecessary.

It isn’t particularly ground-breaking musically, but Pllajë is a milestone on a more personal level for JMSN. Here he finally settles into the perfect platform for the songwriting and multi-instrumental talents which have until now suffered from a lack of focus and direction. His ability for cohesion and musical flow are here realised and it’s therefore extremely difficult to pick out any low points, or indeed the highlights. Rather, Pllajë is an album that sets a vibe, or that has its little hidden delights forgotten then rediscovered as if being listened to for the first time again. It’s catchy, but not obnoxiously so, and atmospheric, but not so much that it’s suffocating. Most importantly, it’s fresh. Finally, JMSN can set out on his own journey.



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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listen to this EP album thingy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CZqZGJRokU&list=PLvP88Lqs2uE-jfhBfN6AG5r-Z3h8XVOhX

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breakingthefragile
February 2nd 2014



2943 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is one of those things I really wish I could give like a 3.2. He now sounds like a boy band's rendition of How to Dress Well rather than ★NSYNC covering The Weeknd, but this is definitely an improvement over his debut album. Nowhere near as bloated and the themes actually feel intimate rather than whiny.

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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

omnom

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is like a 4.1/4.2 for me. incredibly solid, it just doesn't have that spark or classic track or wow factor to be a 4.5

like I said, it's one of those albums that's kind of hard to remember when you're done listening to it. you just know that when you are listening to it you like it

LordePots
February 2nd 2014



6518 Comments


Nice summery......................


Had this dl'd for months still havent listened

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Azn.
February 2nd 2014



5561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good shit

reminds me of ta-ku faintly

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00mee
February 3rd 2014



205 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This just sounds like a long vague song on one of those 'chillstep' mixes. Like there's no personality to it. But it's not bad. Think I liked Priscilla more.

JS19
February 3rd 2014



4161 Comments


Priscilla was pretty good, might have a look at this

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PunchforPunch
February 3rd 2014



5891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review fish

VolcanoDay
February 3rd 2014



133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always preferred JMSN to The Weeknd personally, this EP cements that. Good review.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Weeknd will always be king

LordePots
February 3rd 2014



6518 Comments


of what exactly

out of curiosity

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

r&b
pbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbr&b

music

PunchforPunch
February 3rd 2014



5891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pr&b = post r&b??

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 3rd 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

some dumb term i think it has a wiki page

Azn.
February 3rd 2014



5561 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's called "post-classical era" duh

PunchforPunch
February 3rd 2014



5891 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fish you need to hear this (if you haven't) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajCr4inNtMw



LordePots
February 3rd 2014



6518 Comments


pbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbr&b


Pabst Blue Ribbon R&B?

So hipster R&B?

sounds about right ;p

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i don't even know what pabst blue ribbon is

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2014



21575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0


fish you need to hear this (if you haven't) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajCr4inNtMw

pretty decent. need to give Anxiety some more listens



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