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JJ72 Import

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  • 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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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. October swimmer
  2. Undercover angel
  3. Oxygen
  4. Willow
  5. Surrender
  6. Long way south
  7. Snow
  8. Broken down
  9. Improv
  10. Not like you
  11. Algeria
  12. Bumble bee

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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)

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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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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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Even thought this is currently the most listened-to album in my collection, I can't quite justify giving it 5 stars. What amazes me about the record is its sheer intensity and the emotional depth of its music. This is a band that isn't afraid to go all-out. The catch is that the lyrics can only be described as slightly sixth-formy, though this does give them an endearing naivety.
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.
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I haven't felt this excited about an album since picking up the Pixies' Come On Pilgrim (and again when The Stone Roses had their debut). This one couldn't have come at a better time, I had the same five stale CD's in my player for weeks and everyday, I'd get up, put on my slippers and stand in front of my towering CD collection with the blankest of blank stares. It seems, for me anyway, that I have outplayed everything. Scary, huh.
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.
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Never since the halcien days of the magical Smiths or the masters of "reverb" The Jesus and Mary chain have i heard such a compilation of revolutionary brilliance as this ground breaking offering from the individually and collectivley outstanding JJ72.From the first track this oozes class of the highest calibre and only possibly with the exeption of maybe two offerings this suggests we are in the midst of one of the finest pieces of modern day music i have had the pleasure to listen to, time and time again. Haunting vocal melody and passion coupled with a bass player who must stand high and above the greatest in her time this is a recording of pure genious, real passion and a poet lyric offered possibly by a misguided delusion of grandure, which in all is JJ72. Never since i became hooked on Jeff Buckley did i think i would find something that would play repeatedly on my cd player, that was until this brilliant compilation.I look forward to whats to come, don't make me wait long for the next and keep it loud and proud
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