Year 4, Day 2: Johnossi – All They Ever Wanted

Year 4, Day 2: Johnossi – All They Ever Wanted

Track list

  1. 18 Karat Gold
  2. Party With My Pain
  3. Send More Money
  4. Train Song
  5. In the Mystery Time of Cold and Rain
  6. Zeppelin
  7. Bobby
  8. All They Ever Wanted
  9. Up in the Air
  10. Lie Lie Die
  11. Break Into School (Late At Night) (iTunes bonus track)

About the Album

All They Ever Wanted is the second studio album from Swedish rock duo, Johnossi. The album was recorded in late 2007 and early 2008 and released on March 27th 2008. The album was released through V2 Music Scandinavia and Universal UK.

Thoughts on the Album

Johnossi is a Swedish rock duo consisting of guitarist and frontman, John Engelbert and drummer Oskar “Ossi” Bonde. The band’s name is a portmanteau of the duo’s names. They thing I love about Johnossi is that they produce a huge rock band sound with only a guitarist and drummer. This is featured on all their albums, most specifically their first and second album.

Today’s album is the Swedish rock duo’s sophomore release, All They Ever Wanted. The album takes you on a poetic, angst-ridden trip through the heart (and mind) of frontman John Engelbert. The album is louder than their self-titled debut. That’s how this band operates: playing “hard as fuck”, giving your ears an eargasm from a sonic assault.

This album has me torn. I like, but man does it not hold up well to either it’s predecessor or it’s successors. It’s always hard to live up to the expectations after the debut album. That doesn’t mean the album doesn’t have tracks that stand out. Lead single, 18 Karat Gold was a huge single throughout Europe at the time. Engelbert’s haunting and heart-breaking vocals reverberate throughout the song. The track is a mix of melody and muscle. The track Up in the Air is an excellent power pop style song…. with an excellent power pop chorus. Party With My Pain, the next big single from the album is an ideal mix of minimalism and pure expressionism. The track samples a line from The Presidents of the United States‘ song Lump before it dissolves into loud and bombastic garage rock.

Conclusion

While not as good (to me) as their debut or their third and fourth albums, Johnossi‘s sophomore album All They Ever Wanted is one that should be listened to at least once. While it doesn’t entirely ditch the more folksy and bluesy riffs, it a pure rocker. The album lays it’s hand on the rock side and doesn’t look back. Definitely give it a listen.

Check out other reviews of Johnossi albums: here, here, and here! Need a primer on Johnossi? Click here!

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