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Alternative & Indie - Released May 31, 2019 | Love is EZ

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 25, 2015 | Warner Records

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JR JR is the third LP overall by the duo of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein, but the first after changing their band's name from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. to simply JR JR -- a change in name only, as they offer up more of their melodic, cheerily ornate, harmony-attentive indie pop. Working again with co-producer Ben West, if they've modified anything they've dialed up the catchiness. Right from the get-go, "As Time Goes" supplies arena-friendly, pulsing synth hooks, a dancing bassline, handclaps, and a big melody with a good-natured chorus ("Sometimes I wish it never changed/But I'm fine, no one can stay the same"). The equally catchy but more easygoing "Gone" has whistling, melodic guitar, thumping kick-drum, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and another grand chorus with more wistful lyrics ("I can't be everything you want me to be/Finally I can see the light through the leaves/But it's all gone"). Despite the use of zingy electronics and an array of mechanical drums, they maintain a warmth and humanness to their sound led by frequent McCartney-esque turns of melody (or Carole King-esque on "Philip the Engineer") as well as Zott's affable vocal tone. "In the Middle" and "James Dean" change things up with some funk and R&B, respectively, the latter with processed vocals, synth bass, and the works. "Break My Fall" touches on themes of technology both lyrically and sonically, employing early video game-type timbres. Light on ballads, the song mix is much more frolicking than disjointed, all stamped with JR JR's blend of classic songcraft and contemporary, electronic-infused sound, and choruses that manage not to get too chanty or overcooked while still easy to digest. With all proper attention on the music, the rebranding will also likely go down easy. © Marcy Donelson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 3, 2011 | Warner Records

On It’s a Corporate World, Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. make good on the promises made on 2010’s Horsepower EP with an album of bittersweet, electronic indie pop. Filled with layers of vocal harmonies, downtempo drums, and innocent melodies, the pair’s full-length debut makes for an interesting summer record, tempering that carefree summer feeling with an underlying sadness. This makes for a record that’s not so much for the beach as it is for those odd rainy days spent inside, hoping that the weather breaks. Lending to this feeling is how wonderfully understated the songwriting is. While the band is most definitely a studio project, they’ve managed to avoid overcooking the album. The songs are assembled in such a minimal way that everything seems to really matter, with every detail lovingly put into place with a knack for melody that evokes Paul Simon and Paul McCartney, combing the two icons' styles beautifully on songs like the breezy “Simple Girl” and the titular track “It’s a Corporate World.” This simple construction allows the individual elements of each track to shine through, giving things like the gentle, thumping drums and lonely synthesizers of “Nothing But Our Love” to stand on their own for the listener to appreciate and absorb rather than being lost in the mix under five-dozen tracks of swirling electronic wizardry. This kind of restraint has become increasingly rare in electronic music, where the amount of layers that can be added to a song is only limited by time and imagination, but it’s crucial to Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s charm, which might have been lost in a busier album. With such a terrific combination of depth, melody, and out-and-out charm, It’s a Corporate World is the perfect summer jam for anyone who spends more time wearing headphones than swim trunks. © Gregory Heaney /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 5, 2011 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released March 31, 2017 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2011 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 8, 2013 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 17, 2015 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 5, 2017 | Warner Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 25, 2015 | Warner Records

JR JR is the third LP overall by the duo of Daniel Zott and Joshua Epstein, but the first after changing their band's name from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. to simply JR JR -- a change in name only, as they offer up more of their melodic, cheerily ornate, harmony-attentive indie pop. Working again with co-producer Ben West, if they've modified anything they've dialed up the catchiness. Right from the get-go, "As Time Goes" supplies arena-friendly, pulsing synth hooks, a dancing bassline, handclaps, and a big melody with a good-natured chorus ("Sometimes I wish it never changed/But I'm fine, no one can stay the same"). The equally catchy but more easygoing "Gone" has whistling, melodic guitar, thumping kick-drum, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and another grand chorus with more wistful lyrics ("I can't be everything you want me to be/Finally I can see the light through the leaves/But it's all gone"). Despite the use of zingy electronics and an array of mechanical drums, they maintain a warmth and humanness to their sound led by frequent McCartney-esque turns of melody (or Carole King-esque on "Philip the Engineer") as well as Zott's affable vocal tone. "In the Middle" and "James Dean" change things up with some funk and R&B, respectively, the latter with processed vocals, synth bass, and the works. "Break My Fall" touches on themes of technology both lyrically and sonically, employing early video game-type timbres. Light on ballads, the song mix is much more frolicking than disjointed, all stamped with JR JR's blend of classic songcraft and contemporary, electronic-infused sound, and choruses that manage not to get too chanty or overcooked while still easy to digest. With all proper attention on the music, the rebranding will also likely go down easy. © Marcy Donelson /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 27, 2019 | Love is EZ

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Pop - Released April 8, 2020 | Love is EZ

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Pop - Released April 23, 2020 | Love is EZ

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Dance - Released May 18, 2018 | JR JR

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 3, 2017 | JR JR

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 1, 2019 | Love is EZ

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Pop - Released January 17, 2020 | Love is EZ

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2017 | JR JR