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Junior Senior
Hey Hey My My Yo Yo

Rating: 8/10 ?

September 6, 2007
The Danish have a fondness for making cute party music. I'm thinking Aqua, all those acts that no one remembers the name of that wrote songs about Space Invaders and Tamagotchis, and of course Junior Senior, the latest purveyors of Danish dance pop who currently find themselves at the peak of credibility with the general population. I don't know if it is the Danes' fondness of beer, "rød pølse" and tasty pastries, or if it is just their general laid back attitude to life that make them maestros in the genre. Whichever it is, the Danes are great, and they make great party music.

Having established themselves as forerunners of the Danish pop-scene, Junior Senior saw fit to deliver the follow-up album to their debut, D-D-Don't Don't Stop The Beat, and album that took the world by storm on the strength of the hit track "Move Your Feet," one of those songs heard everywhere. And that isn't hyperbole - I recently went to Culebra, a small island of the coast of Puerto Rico, population 1700, and heard it whilst getting groceries at the island's only store. "Move Your Feet" was, to put it lightly, the whip, and the big question is whether or not Junior Senior have been able to write an equally compelling and catchy song for their sophomore effort Hey Hey My My Yo Yo.

The answer is no. There are some very danceable tracks on the outfit's second release, but nowhere is there a worldwide hit to be found. It should be said that a global barnstormer is not necessarily a must-have for a second Junior Seniors album; they have already established themselves as dance floor maestros, and DJs will spin their songs on club cred alone, even if they don't have that instant catchy appeal to them.

Jesper Mortensen, the duo's Junior, has penned, arranged and produced the tracks on Hey Hey My My Yo Yo, which is also being released, along with the Say Hello Wave Goodbye EP, in a special edition 2xCD package. Although it doesn't hit anything out of the park, all of the album's songs are of high quality, and it's easy to reach for words like "genius" and "whiz kid" when talking about Junior and his excellent mix of cute rap, electronica, and funky guitars.

Although Hey Hey My My Yo Yo fails to come up with a solid gold candy bar, some of its songs do stand out more than others. "Can I Get Get Get" (what is it with Junior Senior and repeating words?) is one of those tracks; it has a laid back feel to it, and you can hear echoes of The Avalanches and Donna Summer in its slow moving danceability.

Without a certifiable chart-topper, Hey Hey My My Yo Yo needs a purpose it can fulfill, and that purpose would be to make people feel good. This is a dance album, and you can dance to it. Even though it doesn't feature any hits of the "Move Your Feet" caliber, you will definitely hear songs from Hey Hey My My Yo Yothis fall. It will be a nice little upper when it starts getting darker, colder, and rainier, and everyone gets buzzed on Danish beer earlier in the evening.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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