Thursday, September 14, 2006

Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye

Junior Boys
So This Is Goodbye

Normally I give an album a week (give or take) before I write anything about it. Okay fine, sometimes it takes a month or more. It's the marinating process. Sometimes things don't settle in until a few listens have gone by. Other times, tunes that sounded fresh on the first spin soon lose their luster. So I find it necessary to give each album it's due and see where on the spectrum it falls. In the case of So This Is Goodbye by Junior Boys, such time lapse is not necessary. From the opening blips of "Double Shadow," I could tell Junior Boys was going to pick up right where they left of with Last Exit, their excellent 2004 full-length
. Maybe it was power of suggestion. Maybe I wanted to like it from the get go. Maybe the wait had built anticipation and there was just no way that anticipation was going to allow this album be anything less than great. Who knows?

So "Double Shadow" didn't disappoint, but it was the second song, "The Equalizer," that really set the rest of the album up for me. A muffled shaker starts off, giving way to an ethereal organ drone. The beat comes in, followed by the simultaneously confident/shy voice of Jeremy Greenspan and the song hits its stride almost immediately. The dark opening of "First Time" is not something I'd seen coming, but is certainly a welcome addition. "Count Souvenirs" reminds me of a Violator-era Depeche Mode.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say I was giddy after picking up this album. I'd been on a metal kick lately, having picked up some old Isis I never got around to, not to mention Jesu and Boris which was mentioned earlier. While electronica may not necessarily be on the opposite end of the spectrum, it's pretty far from what had been coming out of my ear buds lately. So This Is Goodbye was a welcome breath of fresh air and has immediately solidified itself as one of my favorites for the year.

Check it out if you like:
Herbert, The Postal Service
Listen to a sample here: Hear "In the Morning" and "Count Souvenirs" on the Junior Boys
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