RÖYK­SOPP The In­evitable End ★★★

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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - JIM CAR­ROLL

This may be the last al­bum from the Nor­we­gian duo, but it’s not the end of Röyk­sopp. Svein Berge and Tor­b­jørn Brundt­land say they will con­tinue to make mu­sic, though The In­evitable End marks their fi­nal en­gage­ment with the al­bum for­mat. They leave this pitch in much the same fash­ion as they ar­rived, bear­ing bel­ters and bruis­ers full of emo­tional gam­bits and finely egged en­nui. When Röyk­sopp are en­gaged, the re­sults can be trans­fix­ing. Both the mag­nif­i­cently buffed and pol­ished Run­ning to the Sea and the tough, dra­matic Sor­did Af­fair, with vo­cals from Su­sanne Sund før and Ryan James re­spec­tively, re­mind you of their pop smarts. But Röyk­sopp can just as of­ten fade from view and sound as if they’re just putting in the hours un­til they can head home, mean­ing the oc­ca­sional lack of fo­cus and sense of tor­por leaves the lis­tener at a loss. royk­sopp.com

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