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The band's sixth studio album follows 2014's Christmas Island and runs 11 tracks in length.
Now it’d be easy to peg The Bible 2 as a sequel, both because it’s perfectly controversial name implies it and it’s AJJ’s second time recording with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Xiu Xiu, Chelsea Wolfe), but it’s so much more than that. While it certainly builds off the vast, artistic highs of 2014’s Christmas Island, it takes the manic, freewheeling nature of its predecessor, Knife Man, and pushes the two together. While AJJ’s core is still built upon Bonnette’s razor-sharp observations, and the impeccable songwriting of a band that’s only gotten stronger with age, The Bible 2 is like no other AJJ record that’s come before it. It's as if Bonnette is looking at the world with fresh eyes. He’s still an excellent cultural critic, but when he ponders which cast members of Girls he’d be (“American Garbage”) it speaks to the human desire for relation, even if it’s to someone on a TV screen.
This is a record that sees a band fuse its past to its present, while charging ahead with songs that pushes their signature sound to new heights. It’s what makes The Bible 2 as necessary and vibrant as anything that’s come before it in AJJ's lengthy discography, while still serving as a warm welcome to anyone that’s yet to gulp down the band’s Kool-Aid.
1. Cody's Theme
2. Golden Eagle
3. Junkie Church
4. American Garbage
5. No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread
6. Goodbye, Oh Goodbye
7. White Worms
8. My Brain is a Human Body
10. Small Red Boy
11. When I'm A Dead Boy
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