JJ - V
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
2014 Ratings: #746 / 845
User Score
Based on 16 ratings
August 19, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian / Sincerely Yours / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
musicOMH

Though scattershot emotional mayhem, this album is a resounding triumph.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

V is not a whimper. V is a bang. V is the sound of JJ wrestling with their past successes, a “fuck you” to the haters and a love letter to anyone who’s ever had a summer soundtracked by n° 2.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

On V, they play the magpies once again, but the fragmentary citations augment the songs rather than drive them, setting the emotional tenor but never standing clearly in the spotlight.

70
Exclaim!

V (confusingly, the duo's third album) works, and works rather well, on the strength of its ability to cultivate a woozy, needy mood.

70
AllMusic

The songs are still soft as snow, with new age fantastic synths shimmering in the mist and hip-hop influences intruding like party crashers. JJ don't have another trick up their sleeves and that's fine; they haven't worn this one out yet.

67
Pitchfork

Though it does often feel like JJ have hit a wall on V, when they're able to scale that wall and dance with the stars, the album's a treat.

65
The Line of Best Fit

You have to admire the experimentation and musical audacity demonstrated on this album - it’s a shame that it doesn’t always work in jj’s favour.

50
NME

The change comes down to a sound that has been scrubbed to within an inch of its life, removing JJ's insular mystery and emerging like Coldplay without the singalong choruses. The result is not just unimaginative and lyrically anodyne – it’s boring.

43
Consequence of Sound

With maybe one exception, each track on V comes across as confusingly empty, with the juice of the song either coming right before the end or never at all.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#32/Pigeons & Planes

Track List

  1. V
  2. Dynasti
  3. Dean & Me
  4. All White Everything
  5. When I Need You
  6. Fagelsangen
  7. Full
  8. Inner Light
  9. Hold Me
  10. I
  11. Be Here Now
  12. All Ways, Always
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