Top critical review
on 3 February 2001
JJ72's main tool - Mark Greaney's Buckley-esque voice - is used to geat effect on this promising and occasionally outstanding, if generally underwhelming, LP. The standouts - Oxygen, October Swimmer - are simultaneously melodic and dramatic, and convey just what this band could do if they set their heads to the task. Sadly, too many other tracks are coloured with an air of contrivance and, for some reason, it's difficult to truly believe in Greaney the way you can with the likes of Coldplay or new boys Starsailor. Rather than the heartfelt emotion those two bands bring to the table, JJ72 too often look to play it by numbers and all too frequently are merely irritating. Aside from this, the album tails off dramatically towards the end as their one trick (adoloescent whining followed by screaming chorus) becomes ever more dirge-like. There's talent and ability here, but sadly, it looks like we'll have to wait until the next album for JJ72 to deliver music to match their capabilities.