Junior Senior released their second album, Hey Hey My My Yo Yo on August 24, 2005 in Japan, where it went to #2 on the charts. The first single from the album, "Itch U Can't Skratch" is currently available in Japan and Denmark. The track "Take My Time" features Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson of New Wave band The B-52's.
The mismatched Dutch duo behind the ecstatic dance hit "Move Your Feet" returns with its second album after considerable record company headaches. Fortunately, the delayed release date has done little to diminish Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
's voracious appetite for a great party. Just look at the guest list: Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson of the B-52's, Le Tigre, '60s Motown girl group the Velvelettes, even Spooner Oldham. "There's too much good stuff out there to ignore," goes the refrain to "Hip Hopallula." Junior Senior responds with a bounty of stuttering beats, low-tech synth flourishes, and shout-out choruses. "Give me a beat that I can dance to!" they demand on "Itch You Can't Skratch," immediately rectifying the problem with a slap bass-enhanced rhythm that would make Rick James proud. The music is relentlessly upbeat, as cheerful as it is stupid in songs like "Can I Get Get Get" and "Dance, Chance, Romance." And while Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
lacks some of the pop savvy of the group's 2003 debut, D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat
, it's hard to imagine walking away from this without sweaty armpits. --Aidin Vaziri