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Begone Dull Care (Bonus Track Version)

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Album Review

Taking its title and inspiration from a collaboration between animator/filmmaker Norman McLaren and jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, Begone Dull Care is, at once, the most upbeat and subtle album from Junior Boys yet. At first, these songs seem to lack distinction from one another, but the duo's painstaking attention to detail and nuance — traits they recognized in McLaren's work — gradually glints through, however briefly. Other than the hypnotic "Work" and the playfully geeky "Hazel," the set is punchless, more a pleasant mood album fit for casual background listening, lacking the unnerved tension that runs through the majority of Last Exit and So This Is Goodbye. The most daring aspect of the album is the title, in particular its second word.

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Goodness, really!

Am here to skew the trend of half-heartedly slating this album - a long time coming so maybe more punchy and mainstream was hoped for? I really don't know... Why repeat what's already been done? There is great depth to be found in most of the tracks, sometimes ultra-gloss electro pop, sometimes building minimal warmth, but always plenty to reward careful and repeated listening rather than instant club-like gratification. Sneak A Picture I found to be an especially delicate then dark highlight, but it should be taken as a whole.

Rewarding

I really admire that The Junior Boys output appears to be so considered and restrained. The level of detail that comes from repeated listening is genuinely rewarding and cetainly feels as though you're being invited in. Although I'm in 2 minds about the conceptual content that I've read about that the album is self referential about the process of making it.. Still, if I hadn't read that I'd never have guessed. the sound that I've come to love is still there and I like the almost bright daytime version of their previously dark sound, although the thoughtful introspection remains. If So This Is Goodbye was midnight in December This feels like breakfast in June. As far as the individual tracks go, I think my favourites are Work, which does sound as if it's from the same arppegiated gene pool as So Sleep from the In The Morning e.p. and like A Child. And Dull To Pause with it's lovely slide guitar which is interesting to note because for a band who I've come to love for there rich synthetic bass heavy production, it's going some way to contradicting that by fitting into the collection of 'perfect' JB tracks that include just a little guitar (Max, Under The Sun, Teach Me How To Fight and In the Morning). Overall, a brilliant album that although distinctly different from the 2 previous, makes me feel confident after three successive five star albums they've got the talent to just keep on going at a similarly high standard whilst having the imagination and talent to continue evolving.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with its duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of music sectors — including arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K. garage, and contemporary hip-hop — the two made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group (he would go on to release solo material and form one half of the duo Stereo Image), but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy heard the songs and became interested...
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