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Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Stop The Beat
(08/24/03)


Genre: Indie-Dance

One of the most common excuses I hear from certain people I know that advocate Internet file sharing is that, oftentimes, only two or three songs on a CD are worth listening to. I will allow that, in most cases, they are right. Most CDs are about ninety-percent crap. However, I have in my possession one of the few exceptions to that rule. Every single song on this CD is worth listening to.

Junior Senior is a name that has taken Europe by surprise over the past year, and they're finally making their way into America. Hit singles, record sales, reviews, no matter how you look at it, these guys are huge, and for a legitimate reason, to boot.

"D-D-Don't Stop The Beat" pulls itself up from the retired musical styles of every decade between 1950 and 1990, sounds which most artists have long abandoned, and a few harken back to, hoping to revive a formula for a new generation. The result is a sound that summarizes the golden years of pop music. I really can't say I am familiar with these legendary roots that the album brandishes for all to see. I was raised in the late nineties, and only hear echoes of these years. Junior Senior is letting me know that I've definitely missed out.

It's not that each song addresses a specific era or style of pop music, rather, every song is an amalgam, not clearly recognizable for someone who isn't well versed in those years. Instead, it only conjures images of a generation long gone in your head, reminding you of a song that you may have heard at some point in your years of living, and niether being able to assign a name or a face to it.

Not to say this is all nostalgia. Far from it, because, if you can dance, you will be. The beats are fast, the vocals simple and anathemic, the drums powerful. The spirit of pop music is in dancing, and Junior Senior has captured its spirit perfectly.

Junior Senior has managed to produce what has to be the best pop/dance/indie/disco/I don't know what else album of 2002. Instead of simply taking a style and reviving it for a new generation, they combine everything they have at their disposal and breath a new life into it that makes it simply irresistable.

Cool Hand Luke gives Junior Senior's "D-D-Don't Stop The Beat"

Amazing. There is no way you can not like this album, unless you happen to be Amish or hypercritical.

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