- Audio CD (29 Aug. 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Lakota
- ASIN: B00004Y39S
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,778 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Vinyl, 28 Aug 2000
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JJ72 JJ72 (2000 UK 12-track CD album featuring their debut album including the singles October Swimmer Snow and Algeria picture sleeve LAKCD017)
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
Top Customer Reviews
`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.Read more ›
This is very much a first album, and the tender years of the band members are very apparent. Hopefully this means that as the band matures, their lyrics will match the superb quality of the music. Personally, I can't wait.
I picked this one up many times at the store simply because the cover looked a little Joy Divisionesque. That's not a good enough hunch to go on, I know. But, as it turns out, JJ72's debut is quite a gem. It has a very friendly and cozy brit-pop feel, like Radiohead's Pablo Honey, and has the obscurity of a hidden secret ('cept in the U.K., where they are the biggest thing since ... hair).
The songs are instantly seductive and catchy, with underlying lyrics that make you wonder what's wrong with your life. Each song has a very autumnal aura to it, like they are beautiful fire-colored leaves fallen from your favorite childhood tree. There's not a bad song on the whole album.
I have the feeling they will become quite big in the rest of the world too, soon enough (certainly Japan). If I were you, I'd pick up this album now, so, later, when they are gigantic, you can say you were there first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favourite softer alt rock albums from my teens, this album evokes such a mixed range of emotions but always leaves me feeling positive. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. A. M. Adamson
Really can't describe this album. I fear the quality of the compositions is somewhat thin - it's certainly not a 'perfect' album. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tim
JJ72 this CD took me back, some of my fave songs ever, great music by a great band, similar to Muse!Published on 22 Feb. 2013 by Andrew
JJ72 were their own band - Mark Greaneys vocals are unique, even to this day. Blistering album that sounds as fresh now as when it came out 10 years ago. Read morePublished on 19 Nov. 2010 by Jdean1967
Every year I buy around 100 cds, mostly from amazon. I buy classics (led zeppelin, nick cave etc), artists i know and albums i don't know just because there're in a listmania list... Read morePublished on 14 July 2010 by Penguinus
I recieved this CD as a present 10 years ago and have listened to it regularly ever since. I brought this as a present and the recipient was thrilled. Read morePublished on 19 May 2010 by Sarah B
I can't belive it 60 reviews already and I can't fine any one who has heard of them never mind heard anything by them. Read morePublished on 11 April 2010 by Stephen
I bought this CD because i had heard JJ72 compared to Muse so i thought i'd try it out. I found very few simiarities between them and JJ72 are certinly not up to the standard of... Read morePublished on 19 May 2006 by Hunter