Album: Forever 1999
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Genre: Lovesick Euro Pop
Perhaps the most unexpected album of the year? Who would have thought that 12 years after their last album, Prozzäk would be releasing new music. Not that I’m complaining, I loved their first three albums. They came out a time in my life where I needed them. The hopelessly romantic Simon was someone I could really relate to.
Once again Simon (Jay Levine) and Milo (James Bryan McCollum) are back with their fourth album Forever 1999. The album starts off with two distinctly Prozzäk sounding songs. “Love me Tinder”, which is their first single, and “All of the Feels”. Prozzäk once again does a great job at injecting commentary about current internet culture into their lyrics.
From here on we pretty much take a departure from Prozzäk’s previous albums, and move into the evolution of their sound. “Love Fools Anonymous”, which was previously released as a single, and “If We Were in the Jungle” are very fun, catchy dance songs.
The album’s title track, “Forever 1999”, is also the album’s anthem. It also feels like an anthem for me. It’s very interesting to be in the right time frame as the song you are listening to. Just like when the Barenaked Ladies song “Grade 9” came out, I was in grade 9, they also used to call me Eddie. One of the cool things about getting older is all the memories you collect, so this song really hits at the nostalgic bone in me.
We continue on with another previously released track “Pussy Cat Pussy Cat” and the slow yet funky “Ooh La La”, followed by the return of the Milo solo song, which was missing from the album Cruel, Cruel World, the uber sexual “Hot”. “Can’t Lick This Love Thing” is kind of an indie pop song which deviates from the rest of the album, and then finally we end with “Anticipation”, which is the album’s heartbroken ballad.
In reviewing this album, I’ve listened to it a lot. At first I wasn’t sure, if the world needed another Prozzäk album. But with repeat listening, this might actually be my favorite Prozzäk album (and yes I listened to the others a lot). What I find interesting about this band, is that they aren’t really stuck in one genre. They move from dance driven pop songs, to rock songs, to romantic love songs with ease. I really enjoyed this album, and I encourage you to have a listen for yourself. Otherwise, it sucks to be you.