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on 10 January 2004
Having seen this Danish duo perform live on TV, I bought this album hoping to get the same sense of enjoyment from listening on my stereo. However, this feels like one of those albums that was much more fun to make than to listen to.
Only 'Move Your Feet', a richly scored, up-tempo funk-jazz piece, which sounds like a cover of something out of the seventies but isn't, has any lasting quality to it. Being generous, we might add the poppy 'Shake Your Coconuts' to the list of tracks worth listening to.
However, it sounds as if, having written two quality pieces, JS succumbed to pressure to bring out an album before they'd really worked out their own style. As a result, all the other tracks sound like so much padding. I have to tell you, guys, putting down a drum rhythm and then a couple of sixties guitar riffs over the top does not an interesting track make. Some of the pieces (especially 'Rhythm Bandits') sound as if they were made up five minutes before recording commenced - yet they lack any sense of spontaneity. The attempt to imitate raw punk in 'White Trash' merely sounds pathetic.
Camp, unoriginal, unsophisticated and dreadfully-worded, JS's songs come across as the output of a pair of wannabes who feel bitterly disappointed that they were born forty years too late to join the Beatles (and twenty years too late to join Wham). Sure, they're having fun; both Junior (whose voice sounds like a peculiar blend of Michael Jackson, Noddy Holder, and my five-year-old niece) and Senior (who just sounds like an angry Danish man shouting) throw themselves into every piece with enthusiasm. But you need discipline, as well, and most of these tracks are flabby and uncompelling.
I hate to be critical - 'Move Your Feet' is wonderful, danceable music with deft bass work from Junior and a thickly-layered big band sound. But, to be honest, if you've bought 'Move Your Feet' as a single, you don't need to spend even more money on this meagre (39 minutes!), self-regarding (Junior and Senior reference their own nicknames on almost every track), under-cooked assembly. It left me feeling that maybe JS were a student band who got lucky.
2 stars out of 5, and only because of 'Move Your Feet'.