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  • Vinyl (28 Aug. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lakota
  • ASIN: B00004Y39P
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 670,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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They met at a strict Catholic boarding-school. They're not yet able to cultivate facial hair. They sound quite a lot like Placebo. Oh, there are a lot of reasons for the uncharitable music fan to dislike JJ72, that's for sure. Yet for the ever-present constituency of angst-ridden youth, JJ72 is undoubtedly some sort of landmark. Forget Brian Molko's pervier-than-thou pretensions, and ignore the Manic's Nicky Wire, content to a life of sterile domestic bliss--this youthful trio are their audience; generously cheek-boned, comfortably middle-class and shamelessly intense. So actually, in truth, there's something unmistakably prim and precious about JJ72 that aligns them more with the well-scrubbed likes of Coldplay than Molko's angst-rock troupe. But sadly, while "October Swimmer" and "Oxygen" have their refreshingly high-brow moments--think the overwrought poetry, if not the clinical horror, of The Holy Bible-era Manic Street Preachers--there's a little bit too much mewling pretention on show for JJ72 to really cut it outside the Sixth Form common rooms of Britain. --Louis Pattison

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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best thing to come out of Ireland since Guinness. It really is the dog's. THE album of last year, combining thrashing rock music with gentle ballads that really bring out the singer's very soul. This is an album that lets you know winter's coming, and you'd better be ready, cos it's coming in hard. The singer (not sure of the name) has an amazingly powerful voice and an outstanding falsetto. Wait till you hear him scream "Why won't it snow like they said it would?" at the top of his voice. The stand out tracks on this album are October Swimmer, Undercover Angel and Snow. Amazing tracks from a very, very good band that don't get as much credit as they should. I cannot find a thing wrong with this album. Aside from Definitely Maybe and Word Gets Around, probably the greatest debut album of all time. I really cannot praise it enough in 1000 words.
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Really can't describe this album. I fear the quality of the compositions is somewhat thin - it's certainly not a 'perfect' album.

But listen to the sound and something primitive happens - perhaps linked to personal memories or points in time - but utterly fantastic and the best songs grip you to the bone.
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All I want to say is that I'm sure you'll be hooked. There are only 3 of them, but the music is massive! I've seen JJ at a few festivals and always feel energised after the performance. The album is fantastic. The music is loud, powerful and emotive. I think we've all felt like this sometime. Give it a go.
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After hearing singles October Swimmer and Oxygen, I decided to purchase this album, and I have to say it's one of the best I own. Each song is unique, all delivering raw intensity and sheer emotion with just a simple guitar refrain and a beat.
The opening trio deliveries a huge scope of emotions and drains the listener over the course of 9 mins. October Swimmer is spiky and energetic, while Undercover Angel begins delicate and melodic before exploding in sheer emotion for the angst-wracked chorus. Oxygen is contender for indie-song of the year, managing to take a handful of guitar chords and a few violins and turn them into an emotional masterpiece.
The listener is then lulled into a false sense of security as delicate acoustic Willow kicks in. Just when you think Greaney's calmed down a bit, you're exposed to Surrender, a huge epic cacophony of screaming guitars and synthesizers, followed by the equally chaotic Long Way Suth with its pounding drums and frenetic vocals.
Fourth single Snow is an emotive rock ballad, but what comes next is the triumph of the whole album. Two songs, Broken Down and Improv, both incredible, both 4 minutes of sheer emotion. Broken Down is nothing but a continous refrain of Mark Greaney's guitar and his utterly amazing voice, one minute gentle and angsty, the next screeching falsetto. Improv is a gentle acoustic ballad of desolation and despair where Greaney's voice is once again put to great effect.Finally we have the first disappointment, Not Like You, and huge rock anthem Algeria. The album closes with Bumble Bee, mournful gentle verses shattered by pure noise in the chorus.
So, don't forget the name JJ72. Beautiful, atmospheric, emotional, intense, depressing and uplifting all at once. A stunning piece of work.
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With Muse's career hitting ceiling at the moment it's easy to forget about these guys. To be honest, I did. It was god knows how long ago this album came out, and I can't help but think that at the time, I thought them annoying, and ignored it.
But shuffling through a box of CD's in a Pawn shop in Brighton I came accross JJ72's debut for £3.50 and thought, well why not. After listening to it, I stopped thinking why not, and starting to think why I hadn't bought it before. Okay, it slips easily into the catergory of Placebo-esque teen angst post grunge rock, but it's done brilliantly. It's a debut, so some things can be forgiven, and the fact that this album has a certain depth to it for me dismisses any idea that they are trying to be another Manic Street Preachers, it seems they are concerntrating to hard on being themselves.
Melodic, dark, sincere, and full of emotion, this variation on the the soft-loud-soft formula works, if not mostly due to the guys vocals. It definately whiffs of a 'finding our feet' album, and yes, all the usuall comparisons will be drawn, but a great listen and full of promise for future ventures.
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JJ72 blasted onto the stale British rock scene in the late 90s, early 00s with a collection of incredible live performances and singles culminating in the release of their assured debut. While mature isn't the right word to describe what is going on here the band belie their young age creating an album of rock excellence, harking back to Nirvana and Joy Division, but with a new tenderness and falsetto vocals. We have a sublime collection of songs which, while still stand as anthems today, hinted at a potentially great future band. As happens all too frequently the Irish trio would never top what they gave here and soon faded into obscurity. The soft verse/heavy chorus approach works a treat here and the singles are as huge as you would want from any rock band. Melodically tasty, lyrically tender, pained, and admittedly teen at times this is a debut which makes a mockery of many of the bands which did `make it'. Get it now and judge for yourself.

`October Swimmer' opens the album and introduces every facet of the band. The vocals, both soft and unbelievably loud, the wonderful melodies and ear for a hit, the skilful guitars, and the explosion from quiet to LOUD. This was a big hit for the band, but they were unfortunately labeled as the next Radiohead rather than leaving them to do their own thing. The trio manage to make a fine racket with Hilary's thumping bass, Mark's guitar static, and Fergal's accomplished drums. This is one of the defining anthems of the new decade.

`Undercover Angel' opens with a soulful riff before strings and vocals create the perfect verse. The lyrics tell a simple tale of devotion until the chorus offers an explosive twist.
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