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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00006J66B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nameless
2. Formulae
3. I Saw a Prayer
4. Serpent Sky
5. Always & Forever
6. Brother Sleep
7. Sinking
8. 7th Wave
9. Half Three
10. Glimmer
11. City
12. Oiche Mhaith

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The title I to Sky may be clumsy, but everything else is glorious. Dublin three-piece JJ72's second album fulfils all the promise of their eponymous 2000 debut, and much more besides. Overwrought, baroque and fantastically ambitious, I to Sky is an album to cherish. JJ72 have never exactly been disciples of the less-is-more school of musical composition, and here soaring tracks such as the opulent single "Formulae" or the flamboyant "Always & Forever" are exhilaratingly lavish.

The band's unique selling point is the invention with which they harness Mark Greaney's curious, semi-operatic vocal to febrile musical soundscapes: the giddy "I Saw a Prayer" is as preposterous and beguiling as Queen shorn of all bombast. Elsewhere, "Sinking"'s subterranean bass and glacial air evokes the desolate glory of Joy Division, while "Glimmer" reminds us that Muse don't exercise a monopoly on exciting, erudite pomp-pop. Well worth the wait, I to Sky is the album that should shift JJ72 from a marginal, intriguing presence in rock to genuine major contenders. --Ian Gittins

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "glorafin" on 15 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Well it seems to have been several aeons since their debut, but at last JJ72 are back. And it's not bad at all. There's no radical departure from style, as a whole the album is easily recognisable as JJ72. As a whole the album is of a similar quality to the eponymous debut, though I think at the moment I prefer the first album. (But bear in mind I've only owned I To Sky for two days.) I think the songs are a shade more polished on this album, though perhaps at the expense of a slightly rawer, more fragile, emotional side. There's nothing with quite the emotions of October Swimmer, or my favourite song of JJ72's, Improv. But I think this is a more mature album, certainly. The sound of a piano is present as well, opening an avenue which adds another dimension which I think could have been more exploited. Hopefully there will be lots of time to do that, however. Another comment is that the artwork is enjoyable, not over the top, but noticeable enough to be attractive.
Here's a fairly brief song-by-song run-down of my opinions after two days of owning it, and a couple of listens:
Nameless - A nice gentle start, just voice and piano, not a song that's going to revolutionise the music world, but I don't think anyone could seriously find fault with it, it's charming. A new style for JJ72, and one I think should have been developed far far more on this album, and hopefully will do on future ones.
Formulae - Chances are you've heard it before, a much heavier, rockier song, not the best on the album by any means, but a good song nonetheless, all the JJ72 trademarks are here.
I Saw A Prayer - A weird distorted vocal intro gives way to a more traditional song, a good melody, strong guitar.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is made of gold. Irish, thundering gold. Whereas with their debut album JJ72 created a dozen individual songs, roughly half good and half not-so-good, I to Sky gives you one giant song, twelve tracks long, divided only perhaps by first single Formulae. But that's not to say every song sounds the same. It's just this album has an atmosphere, from beginning to end, and that atmosphere is thick and gold.
The problem with the first album was that in places it sounded like a cross between audio marmite and sugar granules. For a year I skipped every non-single track because I thought the others were terrible. But what I did like I loved, and so I bought I to Sky as soon as it came out.
I've had it for a week now and still, even with my low musical metabolism, do not grow tired. Almost every moment of I to Sky is mighty; the only real issue is over-repetition of choruses. But the first time you listen to this album, before you know any of it, it's like you're in this whole new physical claustrophobic guitar-place reality made of glorious golden music. I mean, it's no Origin of Symmetry, but it's still excellent.
The songs have a fair amount of religious lyrics, the reasons for which are explained by the band in the magical multimedia part of the CD, but fortunately this doesn't make any self-respecting atheist want to be sick as can be a problem with some bands. The language is more descriptive of melodic happiness and (less so) distant apathy than having any axe to grind.
Low points are rare but include (in my opinion) sections of Always and Forever and the closing track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carlosnightman VINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2010
Format: Audio CD
JJ72 made quite an impression with their debut album thanks to a string of hits and some great performances and reviews. While they weren't media darlings they seemed moments away from becoming huge. If their second album could improve upon the first and reach a wider audience then the world was theirs. New songs had been touted and heard at live shows before the release of their follow-up and it seemed clear that we would be getting more of the same- heavy, angst fuelled tracks with powerful melodies. Wherever the decision or decisions came from though, for some reason something went wrong during production. Many of the tracks were watered down, over produced, and in some cases the melodies were changed meaning the tracks left here are not as forceful as when they were first performed. On top of that their record company didn't seem interested in promoting the album- bizarre when the band were a ready made hit machine. Maybe the wrong songs were picked as singles and some of the anthemic charm is missing from the debut. The album was quickly forgotten. On the whole though this is a more coherent and mature album than their debut and has less of the quiet/loud dynamic which either highlighted or plagued that album. There are plenty of storming tracks and it is the wiser sibling to the debut's screaming upstart.

`Nameless' is a gorgeous opener, as soft as tracks like Willow, Desertion, and Wounded. It almost feels like the short introduction to a concept album. With simple piano backing Mark's voice the verse and chorus come together in yet another tender moment of brilliance.

`Formulae' was one of the earliest songs that the band played before the album was released.
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