After a decade of releasing singles, remixes, and edits to large amounts of acclaim among in-the-know dance music fans, Norwegian whiz kid Todd Terje finally made an album of his own in 2014. It's Album Time is a pretty self-explanatory title, though it could have been called "I Love Many Different Styles of Dance Music and Will Proceed to Put My Warped Spin on All of Them." Well, that one would have been a mouthful, but it does sort of explain what was in Terje's head as he whips from one style to the next over the course of the record's 12 tracks. Stylish neo-disco is what he's best known for, and if any one style dominates, it's that. Bouncy dancefloor fillers like "Strandbar," "Inspector Norse," "Swing Star, Pt. 2, "and the light-as-a-feather "Oh Joy" set the dials for the heart of the disco ball and form the shiny center of the album. Terje's unerring grooves and the sophisticated and melodic sounds he lays over the beat make them the easiest tracks to love. He also heads off the floor and into the chillout lounge ("Leisure Suit Preben") and the tiki room ("Preben Goes to Acapulco"), and gets lucky with a guitar-strumming electro '80s style ("Delorean Dynamite") that begs to have some vocoder vocals over the top. The sweeping, ice-colored synths get the job done fine anyway, and it seems like a path Terje would be wise to follow on future releases. ~ Tim Sendra
Paste (magazine) - "With IT'S ALBUM TIME, Terje's debut full-length, this oft-touted 'summer jam' maestro bundles all his eccentricities (some old, some new) into one ecstatic, hour-long blast."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]he music feels effortless, gliding from Henry Mancini-esque to bouncy, Stevie Wonder funk like breeze blowing through the waffle weave of a leisure suit."