Thursday, February 25, 2010

Album Review: jj - "jj no 3"

A phrase I've recently become re-familiar with is: quid pro quo.  For the non-college educated crowd that simply means something for something.  And as it turns out, when you're a music blog and you'd like to get your grubby little hands on the latest music before anyone else does you need to be familiar with the term quid pro quo.  As in, I'll give you an advance copy of this bands new album if you do a review on said album.  Quid pro quo.

Personally, I'm flattered that somebody, anybody would think that our poorly written ramblings about anything would help move a few extra copies of a bands album.  And so it is that I offer to you, the reader, my humble thoughts on the latest album from jj.

The Swedish duo jj have easily been one of the most buzzed about bands of the new year.  While the group started out 2009 as unknowns they ended their year on the radars of most critics and journalists thanks in large part to their debut album jj nº 2.  The album got the "Best New Music" nod from Pitchfork and found a place on quite a few year end lists as well.  Fast forward just a few months later and already the band is releasing their follow up, the appropriately titled  jj no 3.

Personally, I really like the new album.  The track "Let Go," which also happens to be the first single from the new album, is probably my favorite song on the album.  Other recommendations is the song "And Now." 

The main thing that strikes me about the new album is just how short it is.  A meager 27 minutes in length, the album is over before you know it.  Not that I mind, really.  As the say in the business, "leave 'em wanting more."  And the album will definitely do that. 

Final verdict:  8 mustaches out of 10

You can purchase jj no 3 when the album comes out on March 9th from Secretly Canadian or pre-order here


Anonymous said...

Love the album.

Anonymous said...

the best track is the vinylonly I know. a sweet little tune with a bittersweet lyric.
love it.

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