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V

JJ Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B00KLSQYLK
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. V
2. Dynasti
3. Dean & Me
4. All White Everything
5. When I Need You
6. Fågelsången
7. Full
8. Innerlight
9. Hold Me
10. I
11. Be Here Now
12. All Ways, Always

Product Description

Take note, JJ are back and if you missed their epic trailer a few weeks ago, they are ready to unleash their first new album in four years titled V.

Tracks like the gorgeously understated 'Be Here Now' and subtle strings of 'When I Need You' float into clarity, coming together from vaporous beginnings. The latter number is one of several on 'V' that showcase how Kastlander has grown as a vocalist. Hers is no indiscernible mumble, no vulnerable presence set to music that fizzes like a beachside cocktail on 'Fagelsangen' and soars on digital wings on 'All White Everything'; rather, it's a mix-spearing confirmation that, whatever the bruised heart or open sexuality behind the lyrics, she's intent on connecting without compromise. Words are crisp, intonation perfect. There's still a hard thud on occasion, too: 'Hold Me' opens with lean-flavoured raps, before twisting into a stained-glass confessional of absolute gravity, and 'All Ways, Always' packs substantial swagger beside its rock riffs.

Evidently at the top of their game in 2014, JJ are ready to, in Benon's words, "communicate with the world", quite unlike they've ever done so before. They're embracing, not retreating. Besides, mysteries are more frustrating than fascinating without resolution.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt Swedish Electro-Pop Dreams 24 Aug 2014
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Love a bit of dark Swedish pop? Yeah me too. JJ deliver it in spades.
Their new album 'V' has an epic flavour. These dozen tracks, including
its brief haunting drone of an introduction are full of broodingly beautiful
and memorable tunes carried with grace and grandeur by singer Elin
Kastlander and her partner in crime, electronics wizard, Joakim Benon.

Jump straight to 'Dean & Me' for a taste of big-boned synth gorgeousness
which is not a million miles away from some of ABBA's finest moments (no
kidding -just close your eyes and listen to the chorus without prejudice!)
'When I Need You', too, has a heart melting melody which floats in and
out of the spare, dream-like arrangement like a lost soul in search of love.
'Hold Me' drifts into darker territory with its menacing robotic opening
recitative and the wintry ebb and flow of Ms Kastlander's almost spectral
vocal performance. For pure stripped-down simplicity, however, look no
further than the almost prayer-like harmonies of the sublime 'Be Here Now'.

This wonderful recording is just the thing to warm the Autumn nights ahead.

Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Sep 2014
By James
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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