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  • Audio CD (23 Mar. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wall of Sound
  • ASIN: B001R7IGOC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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ROYKSOPP Junior (2009 UK 11-track CD album - Following up 2005s acclaimed The Understanding Junior is a remarkable lively masterpiece with vocals from the band as well as guest appearances from Robyn Karin Dreijer-Andersson [The Knife] Lykke Li and Anneli Drecker picture sleeve)

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Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland first hovered into pop's hemisphere in 2001 when their debut Melody AM was the sleeper hit - and one of the best albums in general - of the year. Come 2002 and the success of songs like Poor Leno and Eple pushed them into the UK Top Ten via the osmosis of mostly being a chic sound bed for interior design programmes, and also because they had a pop nous that was welcome at a point when the likes of Air were going a bit wobbly and prog.

Since then, the duo released a follow-up: 2005's The Understanding - which didn't quite set fire to the charts like the predecessor, and so you could have been forgiven for thinking they'd fled showbiz for good. So when an MP3 turns up late 2008 called Happy Birthday - celebrating their first decade - and news of Junior's release, it was a relief to see them back.

And yes, what a comeback. Junior is pretty damn perfect. Royksopp's talent lies in updating the retro-futuristic sounds of the past, and demystifying them of their unforgiving sheen into a warm and somewhat special moment. While opener Happy Up Here is reminiscent of a long lost theme tune to an adventure involving clay-mation cats, possibly due to having mixed, produced, arranged and washed up everything on the album, they also called on an array of vocalists to enhance the vision.

Robyn pops up to lament about having a cyborg boyfriend in album-stealer and single The Girl And The Robot; Karin Dreijer-Andersson of The Knife and Fever Ray delivers her unique tones on Tricky Tricky and This Must Be It, while Lykke Li accompanies Miss It So Much. Songs of isolation and disillusion all, but somehow transported away.

Junior is a proper fantastic return for the 'sopp, and is the sort of thing you could imagine sound tracking all the best events in life - whether having a cuppa, or shape-throwing down the rave-up. Interesting fact: very few albums will be as enjoyable as this in 2009. Brilliant. --Ian Wade

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Format: Audio CD
It's one thing to produce an enjoyable album ,one that is in thrall to the closet( or with some not so closet) hedonist in us all. Music that propels us onto the dance floor even though normally we would be hugging the walls grinning sheepishly at those shaking their collective booties. It's quite another thing to do this but also produce an album with real emotional impact ,an album that connects with the heart as well as the hips and feet. I believe though, with Junior, that's exactly what Royksopp have done.
The funky breaks, cooed vocals and perambulating keyboards on opener "Happy Up Here" shows a irreverent playful side but it's with "The Girl And The Robot " ( with guest vocalist Robyn) that the album really takes off. As well as being a terrific pop tune the cleverly nuanced sequenced vocals give the song an emotional anchor makes it more than a lightweight and sugary confection. "Vision One" offers a lugubrious vocal and misshapen electronic glitches.
Karin Dreijer-Andersson of The Knife and Fever Ray delivers her unique husky rapacious tones on "Tricky Tricky "and the quite brilliant "This Must Be It" which is an electronic act of pop subversion to rival R.E.M,s stellar moment "Fall On Me" off Life's Rich Pageant (Remastered). "Royksopp Forever " suddenly set frees a widescreen cinematic beauty until Lykke Li accompanies "Miss It So Much" which is essentially cheesy Euro -disco but it,s extremely good cheesy Euro -disco.
The album loses momentum with the glossy but airy "You Don't Have A Clue" and the serious plodding "Silver Cruiser" which would have been better named Silver Chugger".
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By the looks of the reviews here we seem to be going down the well travelled Air and Daft Punk line of... Oh it isn't as good as the first album, I'm very disappointed... and... They've sold out, this is all very mainstream. Well, that's music, typecast by a stunning debut album and it's all downhill from there, nothing the artist does after that will ever be enough. Lets just concentrate on this album shall we and remember music is all subjective.

First of all, if you are thinking of buying, grab a listen to the track 8 - 'You Don't Have A Clue' which is one of the best tracks I have heard in a very long time and this raises this from an average 3 stars to 4. 'Happy up here' will no doubt get played to death on the radio, but I don't listen to the radio much so that's not a problem for me anyway, I'm sure for others it will reduce some 'cred' for the Royksopp, it's catchy, upbeat and mainstream but I like it. The rest of the tracks I would say are pretty average, but then Melody AM had some average tracks on it too, there....... I said it.
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So, in echo of other reviews the third installment is not like the first album, but why would it be ? - that would be boring and repetative ?? However what is offered is a somewhere inbetween - it's not melody AM and not the Understanding but it's sort of both but different. Personally i admire the evolution of Royksopp, i also look forward to the rumoured Senior release later in the year. If you are non blinkered enough to have bought both the previous offerings, and you are willing to embrace evolution in music then you will no doubt find this to your liking. If you are looking for another melody am this is not it. ITS THE NEW ALBUM !!!!!! BUY IT
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Junior reminded me just what Royks. are capable of - true listening that will keep you coming back for more. Melody AM was truely inspiring and this albumn really does bring back what Royks do best - funky chilled house.

I can't help but feel that "The Understanding" was an experimental side to the group - a feel out to other sub-genres, similar to Daft Punk's "Discovery" to "Human After All" transition. Both moves I didn't like because they didnt seem like the group's original intentions.

Junior is a very appropriate name for this album I feel - a look back to Royk's roots.

The tracks that stand out are of course the Single "Happy Up Here" for it's evolution from Eple, "The Girl and the Robot" for a real deep house track, and "Royksopp Forever" being my particular favorite.

A full flurry of 5 stars from me. Welcome back Royksopp :)
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I discovered Royksopp after watching the film Cashback and being eager to know what that incredible tune was - "What Else Is There?" from the album Understanding in case you are interested.

Since then I have bought most of their earlier stuff and found bits of it to be extremely good. However there are some tracks on every album so far which haven't appealed to me. That was until we get to Junior, here they have got it right across the board, and there is nothing I don't like. My favourites at the moment are: "Vision One" and "You Don't Have a Clue". The brand of electropop on Junior is spot on and quite simply I love it!
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Astounding! I would have given this album 5 stars after one listen but over 10 listens in I would like to give it 6! To dismiss this album as a lot of 'pop tunes' is to miss the point.The amount of work that has gone into each track is plain to hear right from the start.Royksopp never fail to deliver and the use of great vocalists,especially Karin Dreijer-Andersson,just enriches the whole experience.You have to wait a long time for their albums but it is worth it.This album bears little resemblance to Melody a.m.,it is much more layered,but if you love The Understanding then this is the 7.1 version of that! Buy it,so they can keep making more! What else can make you feel this good for only £8?
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