Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Irish Albums of the Decade: 2 - JJ72 - JJ72 (2000)

"The fact that JJ72 sound completely unfazed even when they screw it all up is what makes this roaringly ambitious debut so captivating...sweltering, emotive crackles of indie guitar thunder that succeed in being as innocent and powerful as any song influenced by the greats. Truly, the magnificence of JJ72 is that they're on top form even when they don't seem to know what they're doing...With a lyrical mash-up of abstract imagery ("Short sleeves and warm skin/losing coins calling next of kin") and glorious bursts of confessional euphoria -- somewhere in between the Sex Pistols and the poems of John Keats -- album peaks like "Oxygen" are extraordinary."


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