Since debuting in the late 90s, Norwegian electro duo Röyksopp have clocked an average of four years between albums. Until now. Appearing just 18 months after 2009's well-received Junior, Senior is a slower, darker, entirely ?instrumental companion work, more in step with 2001's Melody A.M.
One of the things we liked best about Junior was that Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland had finally tapped into their uptempo pop potential, as on monster club hit The Girl And The Robot (featuring Robyn). By comparison, the patient, thoughtful strokes here are sometimes interesting but rarely exciting. The plodding Coming Home is hospital-waiting-room boring, though the more propulsive The Fear could score a cool spy thriller.
Top track: The Fear
Röyksopp hit up the Guvernment March 18.