For Ever

Jungle - For Ever
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2018 Ratings: #497 / 666
User Score
Based on 61 ratings
2018 Ratings: #399
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
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Synth Funk / Genres
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Northern Transmissions
With pop needing a constant shake up, Jungle show the beauty that can come from a band full of brilliant minds.

‘For Ever’ is a success - an invitation to fall in love with that Jungle world that pulled everyone close and daring to do more. This is how to be a band who don’t jump into the world around them, but creates their own orbit instead - ready to jump in?


While their self-titled played like a vibrant homage to the UK's underground scene, For Ever is Jungle's Hollywood album, both in scope and substance.

The LA dream may not have come to fruition this time, but ‘For Ever’ proves Jungle are well on their way.

A band this successful could have left their private lives uninvestigated and turned in something more guarded and rote, but the palpable honesty of these songs is what makes them soar.

God Is in the TV

For Ever might be occupied with the idea of false promises being broken but the meaningful lyrics and the always-fascinating blend of new and old soul, funk, electronic lounge, mean that Jungle themselves still live up to their hype, even if California doesn’t in their eyes.

The Line of Best Fit

Falsettos, grooves, glossy funk, it’s all still there, but there’s a substance to it all now.

Under The Radar

Jungle remain impossibly slick on For Ever, which creates an enjoyable listen, but a little bit more soul would be welcome.

Loud and Quiet

Just like their debut, there’s promise here, but it’ll take a little more substance to make the most of it.

The Independent

Jungle occasionally feel like the aural equivalent of a travel agency: their music’s insistent bounce is very accommodating. But whoever decided that each yearning falsetto should be layered up and Insta-filtered – shorn of awkward ridges and imperfections – may be a sociopath.


Considered as a whole, ‘For Ever’ feels like an opportunity missed.


With such a distinctive sound, it’s hard for Jungle to really move anywhere but in a straight line; ‘For Ever’ might be safe, but safe might not be enough second time around.

Drowned in Sound
It’s an album which is not sure whether it wants to be happy or sad; to accept the inevitable nothingness of existence or keep searching for answers.
Rolling Stone

This music still tends to slip into the background, affable but never striking.


On their second album, the buzzy UK group only sometimes overcomes their style-over-substance sound that coats their glossy songs.

Has a few danceable tracks, but throughout is just too boring
Having packed all of their super stylish, nu-disco grooves into a glossy production and having booked a first-class trip to LA, seemed like a great idea for a second album that turned into a fiasco, when they discovered that the product they were about to sell as fresh and new wasn't either fresh or new.
Smile [93]
Heavy, California [96]
Beat 54 (All Good Now) [96]
Cherry [99] (has this nice, dreamy Chet Faker sound)
Happy Man [95]
Casio [96]
Mama Oh No [94]
House In LA [96]
Give Over [96] (I love those strings)
Cosurmyne [98] (has that psychedelic soul sound that reminds me of Nick Hakem)
Home [96]
(More and More) It Ain't Easy [89] (-)
Pray [97]

Top 5:

5. Home
4. Casio
3. Pray
2. Cosurmyne
1. Cherry
Like a fast pace Rhye album. the lyrics are empty but the production easily makes up for it.
Fave: Give Over
I just really love the sound og this. //
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Track List

  1. Smile
  2. Heavy, California
  3. Beat 54 (All Good Now)
  4. Cherry
  5. Happy Man
  6. Casio
  7. Mama Oh No
  8. House in LA
  9. Give Over
  10. Cosurmyne
  11. Home
  12. (More and More) It Ain't Easy
  13. Pray
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Added on: July 26, 2018