Jay-Jay Johanson ‎– Tattoo

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Tracklist

Even In The Darkest Hour 3:57
Quel Dommage 4:18
Murderans 0:32
Milan. Madrid. Chicago. Paris. 4:10
Lychee 4:41
She's Mine But I'm Not Hers 4:25
Sunshine Of Your Smile 4:54
Jay-Jay Johanson 4:19
A Letter To Lulu-Mae 2:53
Sudden Death 4:46
I Guess I'm Just A Fool 1:22
Friday At Rex 4:11
The Sly Seducer 3:40

Versions (5)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
74321 572942 6 Jay-Jay Johanson Tattoo(CD, Album) BMG Sweden, RCA 74321 572942 6 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
74321 57338 2 Jay-Jay Johanson Tattoo(CD, Album) Commando! 74321 57338 2 Sweden 1998 Sell This Version
74321 57294 2 Jay-Jay Johanson Tattoo(CD, Album) RCA 74321 57294 2 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
74321 57294 2 Jay-Jay Johanson Tattoo(CD, Album) RCA, BMG Sweden, Ricochet Records 74321 57294 2 USA & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
none Jay-Jay Johanson Tattoo(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Stable Records (2) none Russia Unknown Sell This Version

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scoundrel

scoundrel

May 7, 2010
referencing Tattoo, CD, Album, 74321 57338 2

On TATTOO, Jay-Jay Johanson doesn't start moving away from the Bristol trip-hop as much as he embellishes it with musical jewels, even though the rhythms stick to that pattern. So, even though "Even in the Darkest Hour" has has the theremin scratches, it carries more pop romanticism. "Quel Dommage" starts out with the scratches again, but leads into a bastard chanson instead. Heartbreak seems to be Johanson's default style, and it suits him beautiful on "Milan. Madrid. Chicago. Paris." "She's Mine But I'm Not Hers" sounds somewhat like a less experimental Lamb, while "Sunshine of Your Smile" is a dub rapture. "A Letter to Lulu-Mae" goes for more country-folk, and "Friday at Rex" leans towards electro, a direction Johanson will explore more fully on his next album. But my favorite, however, has to be the bilingual interrogation noir of "Jay-Jay Johanson," a strange concept that somehow works. It's a clever and perfectly-executed track.