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Röyksopp

  • The Understanding [Astralwerks, 2005] C+
  • Junior [Astralwerks, 2009] **

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The Understanding [Astralwerks, 2005]
Just as jungle tended toward soundtrack music for B thrillers in exotic locales, chill-out tends toward waiting-room music for plastic surgeons who really want you to order that butt implant. Where once these Norwegians were extolled for their subtle melodicism, here their schlock candidly attacks the jugular. If they're Air, Goldie was Tricky. C+

Junior [Astralwerks, 2009]
Though they finally own the trick of tune, the Norwegian electropoppers still rent out the gift of voice, with not Robyn or Lykke Li but Karin Dreijer Andersson again giving them the most for their Euro ("This Must Be It," "Tricky, Tricky"). **