- Audio CD (13 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wall of Sound
- ASIN: B003V13W78
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,186 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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ROYKSOPP Senior (2010 UK 10-track CD album - Senior is the counterpart to last years critically acclaimed Junior. More introspective and freeform than its poppier partner and fully instrumental the Nordic electronic pioneers Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland recorded Senior at the same time as Junior and it finds Royksopp in fine form including the singles The Drug and Forsaken Cowboy picture sleeve WOS080CD)
Norway’s globally popular Röyksopp are known as purveyors of warm, melodic, vocal-led adult electronica. But their fourth album is likely to win admiration from those who’ve written the duo off as a mainstream, coffee-table affair. The first strictly instrumental album from Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland is a sumptuously realised journey through the soundscapes of the original masters of 70s synth music. Vangelis, Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Giorgio Moroder all haunt the lush byways of Senior.
Those who own and love last year’s Junior will have already worked out the basis of this follow-up. The two albums were recorded at the same time, with Junior representing the danceable vocal side of Röyksopp, and Senior giving us a snapshot of what the pair calls "the introvert and darker sibling who lives in the attic". The nearest set, in recent years, to this idea is last year’s (DJ) Hell LP Teufelswerk, which served up a ‘Night’ album for the dancefloor and a ‘Day’ album made up of contemplative drifts and elegies.
Whether releasing two conjoined twin albums a year apart proves to be a good idea or not, Berge and Brundtland have proved that they don’t need star vocalists to make a great record. Senior is varied, as gripping rhythmically as a dance record, and packed full of enough melodies to keep the most unreconstructed of pop fans engaged.
The duo describes the album in the pre-publicity as the equivalent of a drug trip. But, in truth, Senior is more likely to get you addicted to motorways than Class A’s. This dreamy, optimistic yet pulsing sound is pure autobahn, reviving memories of Kraftwerk, obviously, but also the rapturous electro travelogues of early Simple Minds. Analog synths keen and undulate, and build serenely toward blissed-out states of grace, particularly on the epic and darkly euphoric Tricky Two and The Fear.
Even with stiff competition from Hot Chip, S*** Robot, Grasscut, Underworld, Ninca Leece and LCD Soundsystem, Senior makes a strong claim to be 2010’s best electronic album. It’s a record to lie back and drown in.--Garry Mulholland
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Top Customer Reviews
So now we have Senior, which I wouldn't be surprised if many Röyksopp fans had believed was going to be Melody A.M. 2.0. It's not that much like it, which is a relief to be honest - Melody A.M. was a record of its time, and I'm glad they haven't exploited it by mining that sound to recycle it - instead they have made a very introspective and often experimental album that lives up to their promise of a record that works best when you listen to it as a whole.
Unlike Junior it is an instrumental album, though there are occasionally some faint and indistinct vocals floating around in the background, and occasionally voices come out into the foreground to jolt you out of whatever trance the record may have put you in. Fall asleep with this record on and near the end you will be woken into an anxious state by some weird and disturbing noises.
If you're in two minds about getting this album, listen to Tricky Two, The Drug and Forsaken Cowboy. The other tracks are great too, but these three will sell it to you.Read more ›
At the end of the day or night Senior is very calming and sonically very interesting and in a room with the lights off sounds great coming from your hi-fi; its also great when listening to a book as you can stop listening to it and still have it in the background.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best albums they've done. Difficult to say which one is THE best as they're all awesome.Published 7 months ago by Steve
Very good. original music techno pop
Try it, as it shows promise of teir latest and greatest work, the inevitable end which is a perfect album.
This album is seriously OVER-RATED. This is music from Royksopps cutting-room floor to me. Certainly, be musically diverse and explore, unleash the creative heart etc but there's... Read morePublished 12 months ago by red-x
Now! It seems to me Royksopp went back to their original style of Melody A.M. when the sequel to Junior was made. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Justin D. Rumsby
This was a chance buy cd, and im glad i did, love their music, great for the carPublished on 8 Oct. 2014 by scoop