ALBUM RCA, BMG RELEASE: SEPTEMBER
2, 2002 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 12, 2002
is no surprise that the truly unique figure Jay-Jay is interested in working
on film scores and soundtracks. "Antenna" is made with delicate
fingertip touch and incorporates this rare quality in his solo efforts.
"Antenna" is somewhat reminiscent of Depeche Mode's "Exciter"
with its carefully planned minimalistic, yet melodic, constructions.
This time, Mr Johanson has collaborated with German sound fetishists Funkstörung
and it can be heard mostly in the slower more introverted tracks. We hear
a spotless production and Jay-Jay's brittle singing over layers of electronics
and powerful strings. The faster pieces, like "On the Radio"
and "Deja Vu", were produced by Swede Martin Landquist, a k
a Nåid, who has been involved in quite a few releases latetly, one
being the latest A-ha album.
This mentioned balance between emotional, weird electro-funk-pop and more
in-your-face, dynamic synthpop is very rewarding. In a way it pleases
all senses. The lyrics, lifted from Jay-Jay's own diary notes, deal with
usual themes like love, loss of love and general opinions on recent life
Jay-Jay Johanson has sold a bunch of records in the world, especially
in France and Italy. But the time has now come for the Swedes and the
synthpop crowds to take him to their hearts. Just be prepared to give
him some time. You'll be glad you did.