D-D-Don’t Stop the Beat- Junior Senior

 Release Year: 2003

Rating: 8/10

This Danish band may not be that well known in the States, but they did garner some popularity for their super fun track “Move Your Feet.” Either way, this was a Danish pop band that focused on two things: dancing the night away and getting chicks. The band only released two albums before splitting up in 2008. Though they may not be making music anymore, we still have their insanely fun debut album to remember them by.

When listening to this album, it’s impossible to not smile and be in a good mood. This is the perfect album to put on when you’re feeling down or if you just want to dance yourself silly. These guys are all about having a good time. They make that clear in the opening track “Go Junior Go Senior.” This track has all the makings of a good song: playful, fun music and nonsensical lyrics. It has a catchy guitar riff and some sweet, heavy percussion. And they way they shout “Go Junior! Go senior!” makes it the perfect cheer song. It’s a great song that gives you an idea of what to expect from the band.

The fun train continues with “Rhythm Bandits.” It’s hard not to love this song when it begins with “B-b-b-b-Bandits!” That type of stuttering continues throughout the entire song and is part of the reason why it’s so catchy. It’s another upbeat, fun song, that has a hint of the 50’s with it’s surf rock guitar and early rock vocals. But the best song on the album (and the one people know the most) is “Move Your Feet.” It has such infectious music and when the girl says “Everybody move your feet and feel united” that’s exactly what you do. This is the type of song where it doesn’t matter if you can’t dance, you get on the floor anyway because it’s so damn good! This is a song about feeling good and having a good time and if you’re not doing that when this song comes on, then you must be dead inside. This mix of pop, electronica, and funk is enough to make you fall in love with Junior Senior.

Probably the most energetic song on the album is the closing track “White Trash.” Now, I’m not really sure what this song is about, but I do know that these guys make white trashiness sound like a party. There’s some pretty intense, heavy percussion during the intro before the guitars and vocals come speeding in. It almost has a garage rock vibe, with how guitar focused it is and with how fast it is. It’s another catchy, super fun song even though you can’t exactly make out what they’re saying.

But if you’re not a fan of early rock n roll, surf rock, or rockabilly music, then the rest of the album isn’t for you. Even though electronic elements were featured in the first three songs, the rest of the tracks abandon them. Once “Chicks and Dicks” comes on, it’s like you’re listening to some 50’s rock band. You can find the sound in “Good Girl, Bad Boy” and “C’mon,” with vintage inspired guitar riffs and vocals. The mood gets kind of dark and heavy on the track “Boy Meets Girl.” Rather than sounding like fun surf rock from long ago, the music here is inspired by the drug induced 60’s. Everything from the guitar to the vocals have a psychedelic vibe. It’s also the slowest song on the album and manages to have this drunken sound, like everybody’s on acid. It’s an interesting song, but a bit disappointing when compared to the other upbeat tracks on the album.

Overall, the album gets 8/10. This album is basically a good party wrapped in one disc. It’s a shame that these guys aren’t around anymore because they sure as hell knew how to make a catchy song. This album will make you dance, sing, cheer you up, and have a good time all around. It may not have the most provocative lyrics or the most understandable, but if you just want to let loose and have a good time, then this is the record for you. They do have another album, but that one doesn’t have the same carefree attitude as this one. Something is different about it and it’s not really good.

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