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  • Summary: Until jj signed with Secretly Canadian to release its second full-length album, the identity of the Swedish duo was unknown to the industry at large.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
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  1. They could've fallen out of a high-school locker in a John Hughes movie. They're the best Lou Pearlman demos you've never heard.
  2. Essentially, jj have offered a more rounded, somewhat slicker version of what came before, and to the vast majority of listeners the comforting embrace it offers will be welcomed.
  3. 80
    This mysterious Swedish dream-pop band's music remains hazy--mucho echo, blurry harmonies, soft acoustic instrumentation buoyed by generous synth strings, and a bright white ambience suggesting both sunny Balearic beaches and blinding Scandinavian snowstorms. Yet its emotions are conversely vivid.
  4. Under The Radar
    It's the explicit handcrafted quality, indie rocks's loose regulations on sharp and flat, and a charming naivete that jj continue to pull off, despite their winking appropriations. [Winter 2010, p.63]
  5. Whether the dip in quality is the result of a rush to create new material or whether these are simply the lesser leftovers from the same sessions that produced N 2, here's hoping JJ take some time (and maybe one of those epically blissful vacations their music conjures so evocatively) to make sure N 4 comes out fully baked.
  6. This album simply sounds like their first with inferior production and less-memorable songs.
  7. Mopey, twee, orchestral, downbeat--the duo cover all these bases in the flattest, most sophomoric way. Worse, though, is that the album sounds like a bunch of outtakes.

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