Todd Terje - It's Album Time
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2014 Ratings: #54 / 864
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
Based on 413 ratings
2014 Ratings: #52
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April 8, 2014 / Release Date
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Olsen / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
The 405

It's Album Time is exactly what the Todd Terje album we've been waiting so long for should sound like; cheeky, clever, and well and truly packed to the rafters with incredible tunes.

90
The Line of Best Fit

For all the career curveballs Terje has so far served up, it was always expected of him to come up with something pretty extraordinary for his debut. Still, to pull it off with such vigour is a pretty impressive feat. 

90
musicOMH

This is an exemplary dance record with scant, if any, flaws and heavy dollops of European groove.

90
Resident Advisor

Across its 60 minutes, there are loose-hipped lounge tracks, funky jazz noodlings, Italo epics and humid piano house stormers. All of this is stitched into such a heady trip of sonic extravagance it's sometimes hard to stop and draw a breath.

88
Sputnikmusic

Terje’s cocky, frisky songwriting skills shine, and It’s Album Time easily clears the high bar the producer set for himself through his remixes and EPs.

87
Pitchfork

For as much ground as he covers on It's Album Time, the music feels effortless, gliding from Henry Mancini-esque detective jazz to bouncy, Stevie Wonder funk like breeze blowing through the waffle weave of a leisure suit.

83
Consequence of Sound

The hour-long record could’ve benefited from either less early material or more new. At any rate, this definitely winks at the whimsicality of the album’s title, and more importantly, It’s Album Time finds Todd Terje shattering dance music stereotypes.

80
DIY

Perhaps, the best thing about Terje’s sound is that he makes music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. There’s a wonderfully playful quality at play that filters down to the distinctive colour explosions of his artwork.

80
FACT Magazine

Vocal number aside, It’s Album Time is an impressively balanced and varied record. It’s frequently excellent, and entertaining even when it feels like it’s gone astray. 

80
Exclaim!

On It's Album Time, Terje spends as much time in the lounge as he does on the dance floor. That sounds like a bad thing, but walking the fine line between kitsch and genius is hardly new territory for Terje.

80
Spin

Like Daft Punk, Terje looks to the past's version of futurism to transcend today's numbed-out consensus beats.

80
Paste

With It’s Album Time, Terje’s debut full-length, this oft-touted “summer jam” maestro bundles all his eccentricities (some old, some new) into one ecstatic, hour-long blast.

KIDWITHGUNs
84
SOLID!

The lounge finna get lit when it's time for IT'S ALBUM TIME🔥🔥🔥🔥

So this record - it seems - is a debut by the genius Norwegian producer and DJ; Todd Terje.

And a couple years before the release of this album, he had put out quite a few enjoyable EPs: "Spiral", "Ragysh" and especially "It's The Arps". All three projects had Todd dipping his hands in the cauldrons of some pretty flavourful disco and house before all this.

So his breakout, ... read more
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80
SJO Counter: 2

I told the AOTY discord server that I’m struggling to write this review and they told me to write “It’s Album Time” and “Svensk Sas” so I guess that's the whole review. This album didn't really live up to its hype but it's still really good. Disco or dance are genres I don’t really like but, for some reason, it didn't bother me at all on this album. Probably because the production was so good. I was sad there weren't any vocals on the ... read more
Caffro
85
A zany, unique, nostalgic thrill ride. This album is always throwing new sounds at you and always changing up the beat.

At first the album sounded very odd to me, I thought the sounds were a bit too cheesy, but they grew on me and it's just too much fun to even nitpick them now.

Favourite tracks include first and foremost Johnny And Mary, Inspector Norse, Strandbar and Delorean Dynamite.
ACreativeName
65
sjo album 2
We be groovin!! Maybe loses some steam later on but these are some irresistibly catchy and groove-heavy bangers for the most part I can't lie
Ennety
80
Tremendous album full of great new sounds and unique ideas all across the board.
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Track List

  1. Intro (Its Album Time)
  2. Leisure Suit Preben
  3. Preben Goes To Acapulco
  4. Svensk Sås
  5. Strandbar
  6. Delorean Dynamite
  7. Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)
  8. Alfonso Muskedunder
  9. Swing Star part 1
  10. Swing Star part 2
  11. Oh Joy
  12. Inspector Norse
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Added on: March 24, 2014