Junior (Röyksopp album)

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Junior
Studio album by Röyksopp
Released 18 March 2009 (2009-03-18)
Genre
Length 50:55
Label Wall of Sound
Producer Röyksopp
Röyksopp chronology
Back to Mine: Röyksopp
(2007)
Junior
(2009)
Senior
(2010)
Singles from Junior
  1. "Happy Up Here"
    Released: 19 January 2009 (2009-01-19)
  2. "The Girl and the Robot"
    Released: 15 June 2009 (2009-06-15)
  3. "This Must Be It"
    Released: 23 October 2009 (2009-10-23)

Junior is the third studio album by Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp, released on 18 March 2009 by Wall of Sound. Prior to its official release, the album was made available for listening on the duo's website on 13 March 2009.[1] Described as a mix between the styles of Röyksopp's two previous studio albums, Melody A.M. and The Understanding, the album features guest vocals from Scandinavian female singers Robyn, Karin Dreijer Andersson, Lykke Li and Anneli Drecker.[2]

Junior debuted at number twenty-one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 10,378 copies in its first week.[3] By September 2010, the album had sold 36,239 copies in the United Kingdom.[4] The album's lead single, "Happy Up Here", premiered on 9 January 2009 on Pete Tong's Essential Selection on BBC Radio 1,[5] and was officially released on 19 January.[6] "The Girl and the Robot", which features Swedish singer Robyn, was released on 15 June 2009 as the album's second single.[7] "This Must Be It" features Andersson and was released on 23 October 2009 as the third single.[8]

"It's What I Want" was included as a part of the official soundtrack to the Electronic Arts video game FIFA 10. "Röyksopp Forever" was also used in the background of the Flashforward Channel 5 promos during September 2009 and used as backing music on The X Factor 2009 in live shows. An instrumental version of "Vision One" was licensed for use in the video game LittleBigPlanet 2.[9] "This Must Be It" was included in the soundtrack to the 2011 comedy film Hall Pass.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 74/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[11]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[12]
NME 6/10[13]
The Observer 3/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[15]
PopMatters 7/10[16]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[17]
Spin 7/10[18]
The Times 4/5 stars[19]
URB 4/5 stars[20]

Junior received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 74, based on 21 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[10] The album was placed at number thirty on Pitchfork Media's Top 50 Albums of 2009,[21] number nineteen on Popjustice's The Top 33 Albums of 2009[22] and number twenty-one on Mixmag '​s Top 50 Albums of 2009.[23]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland; additional writers indicated. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Happy Up Here"   2:44
2. "The Girl and the Robot"   Robyn 4:28
3. "Vision One"   4:59
4. "This Must Be It"   Karin Dreijer Andersson 4:41
5. "Röyksopp Forever"   4:59
6. "Miss It So Much"   Lykke Li 5:01
7. "Tricky Tricky"   Andersson 5:58
8. "You Don't Have a Clue"   Drecker 4:31
9. "Silver Cruiser"     4:36
10. "True to Life"   Drecker 5:50
11. "It's What I Want"     3:06
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Junior.[26]

  • Röyksopp – production, programming, synthesiser, sampling (all tracks); vocals ("The Girl and the Robot", "It's What I Want"); strings, string arrangements ("The Girl and the Robot"); vocoded mystique ("Tricky Tricky"); bass ("True to Life")
  • Kato Ådland – bass ("Röyksopp Forever")
  • Stian Andersen – cover photography
  • Karin Dreijer Andersson – vocals ("This Must Be It", "Tricky Tricky")
  • Leslie David – artwork, drawings
  • Anneli Drecker – vocals ("Vision One", "You Don't Have a Clue", "True to Life", "Across the Graveyard"); backing vocals ("The Girl and the Robot", "It's What I Want")
  • Lindy Fay Hella – additional vocals ("Röyksopp Forever")
  • Lykke Li – vocals ("Miss It So Much", "Were You Ever Wanted")
  • Mike Marsh – mastering
  • Robyn – vocals ("The Girl and the Robot")
  • Davide Rossi – strings, string arrangements ("The Girl and the Robot", "Röyksopp Forever", "You Don't Have a Clue", "Silver Cruiser")
  • Ole Vegard Skauge – bass ("True to Life")

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[25] 18 March 2009 EMI
Australia[49] 20 March 2009
Germany[50]
Italy[51]
France[52] 23 March 2009 Labels
Norway[53] Virgin Records
United Kingdom[54] Wall of Sound
United States[55] 24 March 2009 Astralwerks

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