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Synth pop classic!,
This review is from: So This Is Goodbye (Audio CD)
When was the last time you saw a new Synth Duo..and I don't mean Orbital. I mean a proper one with a bloke singing and another bloke twiddling knobs?! About 1985? About time we had a new around I reckon....bring on Junior Boys!
This is Junior Boys 2nd release, and its quite a progression from their debut 'Last Exit' . The basic formula is the same, the songs evoke classic Synth pop like Kraftwerk, New Order, Human League, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys, Yazoo, OMD, Japan and (mid 80s) Cabaret Voltaire but with a cutting edge production that stands up with current Electronica and will please most fans of all things bleepy and bloopy (me included) . However this time there is a much greater variety in the songwriting, and this a more accessible and upfront album than before.
They plough a similar furrow to Hot Chip, but without the wackiness that occasionally threatens to derail the latter's otherwise sublime recordings.
Its an almost brilliant record....but at times you'll wish for a bit of Hot Chips humour as the title track, and the penultimate track "When no one cares" are a bit maudlin and doomy, and lyrically rather clumsy. They're perhaps going for a bit of Scott Walker feel but it doesn't really come off and just sounds rather flat after the thrilling pop gems that comprise the rest of this lovely record. Still the production is crisp and gorgeous throughout, there are plenty of enjoyable hooks and 8/10 great tracks on a CD ain't bad is it?