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Album Review: Todd Terje’s ‘It’s Album Time’

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Four stars

Todd Terje It’s Album Time

As a title, It’s Album Time demonstrates great cheek, provided you know the Norwegian producer is releasing his first full-length 10 years after his first breakthrough. But Terje didn’t wait this long to make an hour-long pisstake—though he’s not above teasing things out for the first third of the record with a suite of (albeit well-crafted and evocative) leisure-suit jams. And then, he delivers the anticipated disco rapture via “Strandbar,” which sounds like Thriller filtered through Italian-cum-British piano house, and “Delorean Dynamite,” which synthesizes its retro reverie in every sense of the word. The narrative evolves from there: After a beautiful, palette-cleansing Robert Palmer cover sung by Bryan Ferry, a waltz meditation and two rhythmically different examples of Balearic bliss—all impossibly flowing together—Terje brings it home with the propulsive “Oh Joy” and 2012’s analog chestnut “Inspector Norse,” a payoff on an album hardly wanting for one.

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