Christmas Island

AJJ - Christmas Island
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2014 Ratings: #627 / 952
User Score
Based on 48 ratings
2014 Ratings: #419
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May 6, 2014 / Release Date
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95
Like the three records before it, Christmas Island is great. But it's great in a different way. Despite having much more subtle and absurd lyrics than previously heard, this record somehow feels like the most personal and somber thing they've ever done, especially in songs such as Best Friend, Angel of Death, I Wanna Rock Out In My Dreams, Getting Naked and Playing With Guns, and of course Linda Ronstadt. It can be hard to kind of push through all the strange metaphors Sean uses on this one but ... read more
6degrees
86
This album just clicks with me. All the "bad" songs that people say are on this album I absolutely adore. It gets better with each listen. Ugh, thanks AJJ.
Great album: B+

Best Tracks: Children of God; Do, Re, and Me; Coffin Dance; Getting Naked, Playing with Guns; I wanna Rock Out in My Dreams; Linda Ronstadt; Temple Grandin Too
Worst Tracks: Best Friend; Deathlessness
Seb
95
A nearly completely different sound from their previously punk and folk fusions but in my opinion a step in the right direction. Songs like Temple Grandin and Children of God retain the punk essence Ajj has built themselves on over the years while songs like Coffin Dance and Getting Naked, Playing With Guns show a new side to them. This album serves as an eloquent blend of past and future sounds for the band.
exception
61
Andrew Jackson Jihad tones down their sound from an angsty, somewhat abrasive folk punk to a much more mellow yet still in-your-face folk rock sound. and personally, i think its a great switch. the lyrics become much more personal yet still clever and funny, and the instrumentation is very accessible to those who listen to basically any genre. there were filler tracks that i really didnt care for, and didnt do much for the record, but other than that, i think Christmas Island is a great ... read more
Lovdahl
95
My favorite album of 2014. I can see why some people don't like the direction AJJ has taken their sound, but I happen to really love it. There are excellent songs that demand to be sung-along to, the musicianship is solid and interesting, and the lyrics are quirky, emotional, and often hilarious. Christmas Island is almost perfect, save a few rough parts on the album. One of my favorites of all time.

Favorite Tracks: Temple Grandin, Children of God, Kokopelli Face Tattoo, Linda Ronstadt

Worst ... read more
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Track List

  1. Temple Grandin
  2. Children of God
  3. Do, Re, and Me
  4. Coffin Dance
  5. Getting Naked, Playing with Guns
  6. I Wanna Rock Out in My Dreams
  7. Kokopelli Face Tattoo
  8. Best Friend
  9. Linda Ronstadt
  10. Deathlessness
  11. Temple Grandin Too
  12. Angel of Death
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Added on: April 28, 2014