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One thing you can be sure of with Röyksopp is that they're always going to have plenty to say about their music. When asked to explain where the band's third proper album, Junior, fits in the band's discography, Svein Berge, one half of the Norweigan electronic duo, explains, "If Melody A.M. was a relaxed journey inwards on a Sunday afternoon and The Understanding was more uptempo, with more vocals and a hint of melodic catchiness, then the new album is a mix of the two."

 

Torbjørn Brundtland, the other half, goes on to confound the simplicity of Berge's description, "Making this new album was like mining in the mountains. When you think of a mine you think of one that is already many kilometres deep, and people work inside it. But sometimes one has to start a new mine, so you start digging the crust of the earth. And we had to find a good spot to start digging."

 

Junior comes four years after The Understanding and has Berge and Brundtland writing, performing, arranging, mixing and producing all 11 tracks. The only duties the duo were willing to dole out were the vocals. The album features longtime collaborator  Anneli Drecker as well as guest appearances by Swedish artists Robyn, Lykke Li and The Knife's Karin Dreijer on two tracks, causing  Berge to reflect, "It’s dawning on me now, that when we were digging for songs we must have been digging east, because in retrospect it’s quite evident that there is a strong Swedish presence on this album -- vocally at least."

 

Casting aside the mining metaphor Brundtland says, "Junior is an outgoing and direct album. It’s the youthful part of Röyksopp. We are young in bodies and old in heart. Or is it the other way? We have a certain schizophrenia -- we want to make both energetic and really quiet music." Berge adds "People should be on look-out for the more quiet and introverted Senior due out late 2009." While Brundtland concurs, "Yes, the concept of Junior will stand clearer after the release of Senior." Maybe these Scandinavians should just let the music do the talking. [Music Remedy]

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You call THAT a review? And it comes 4 years after The WHAT??!!!

Oh no!

who writes this insane crap?

royksopp's previous release was "Royksopp's Night Out" but their last studio album was "THE UNDERSTANDING", not "The Happening".

And the snarky last line? Andria, be ashamed of yourself. Terrible writing.

T.

tribble

Sorry about messing up the title for The Understanding, I don't know what I was thinking. Thanks for pointing it out. This isn't a review though, I haven't heard the album yet- though I'm dying to. I'm a huge fan. I didn't mention Night's Out because it's a live album- I'll fix that too. Sorry you thought the last line was snarky tribble, it wasn't supposed to read that way.

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Mistakes happen. It's been fixed.

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Very very excited for this one

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Viva la vida Royksopp!!!

Du² Lop's

this album is mint like!

jac

its been leaked online now yey, great listen. not sure if it tops melody am though... you be the judge

adam

it's been leaked, not in a very good quality. so i don't it suitable to judge too early, though I pretty like this album, much more than The Understanding. but i'll wait for CD.

shun

It's on file-sharing sites... I downloaded a copy and it's awesome (but I WILL be buying a legit copy when it drops on the 23rd). Melody AM was the first album so it's always going to be better regarded.... but personally, I'm loving the upbeat tracks and the stimulating melodies, such a nice change from all the bland garbage out there.

Daniel

It's so amazingly fantastic great I can't believe they are from Norway! ;)
Their best album ever. Hands down.

Patrick

great!!!!

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