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Even in the bright new world promised by the original synth-poppers, heartbreak was unavoidable: Think of the genre’s greatest hit, the Human League’s desperate “Don’t You Want Me.” Junior Boys, then, have history on their side with So This is Goodbye, a lovely album that's destined to be remembered as a perfectly calibrated breakup album. Melding the elegance of classic ’80s styles with that of earlier eras — and offering a cover of the Sinatra chestnut “When No One Cares” in the bargain — Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus seethe and sigh in a refined manner. All the glum emotional notes are struck, from the accusatory “Equalizer” to the resigned title track. Even when the lyrics skirt direct references to a split, as on “First Time,” the mood still holds.

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One of the Best of 2006

Great electro-pop that should appeal to most indie listeners and anyone interested in hearing some different music. This album slowly pulls you in--very captivating with its immediate lyrics and interesting layers of sound. If you like the Postal Service, give this a listen--it's better than "Give Up," in my opinion, and doesn't have that albums occasional cringe-worthy moments of cutseyness in amongst the clever bits.

One of the Better Albums of 2006

Another solid release to add to the Junior Boys 2004 release, Last Exit. Good vocals atop some always interesting compositions and rhythms. Take a listen if you like good electronic music that really stands out from the rest. An additional note: I love the track 'In the Morning' because it obviously pays homage to Frankie Knuckles' Your Love (think SF-UR on GTA San Andreas) with its beginning 4 note arpeggio. It's nice to see an artist giving credit to the Chicago House legend who helped pioneer combining vocals with synthesized music. The current wealth of electronic music that we're hearing now (Herbert, Postal Service, Dntel, Hot Chip, Figurine, Cut Copy, Ratatat, Lali Puna) is because the tools are so easily available now, but the early work was done over 30 years ago by artist like Kraftwerk, and Frankie Knuckles. Good Show!

Pretty brilliant

Yep, the electronic bleeps with male vocals sound has been around a few years (might I suggest some early OMD - people seem to think the Postal Service invented synth-pop), but there's nothing "laptop" about the Junior Boys. Their analog bleeps are straight out of 1983, only with better drum programming and more soul. A brave, addictive album.

Biography

Formed: 1999 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Hamilton, Ontario-based electronic pop group, Junior Boys began as a duo with duties split between Jeremy Greenspan and Johnny Dark. Influenced by a number of underground and commercial sectors, including post-disco, arty synth pop, minimal techno, U.K. garage, and certain contemporary rap production styles, the two made a demo with no positive results. Dark opted to leave the group, but former Warp employee Nick Kilroy heard the songs and became interested enough to start the KIN label with Junior...
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