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So This Is Goodbye

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The Canadian-based duo has emerged with a pop statement that's easily one of the best albums of the year. It's a work that exhibits a confident mix of focus, clarity, and ambition. From the upbeat single, "In The Morning" to the somber triptych that closes the record, which touches such kindred spirits as Sylvian, Ferry, and Sinatra, Junior Boys manage to tease soul and longing out of their machines in a way that few have dared to try.
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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Domino
  • ASIN: B000H7JA6Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Junior Boys have made a solid second album in "So This is Goodbye"... which hopefully isn't a bad omen. Because it would be a shame to quit when this electro-indie band is still making good music -- smooth dance beats and satiny vocals, with a heavy dose of chillout and downtempo.

It opens with a string of hiccupy blips, and soon a breathless voice murmurs, "You're two faced.../all sideways.../you're dry-eyed.../and night fly..." A funky rhythm kicks in, keeping the spare beats from sounding too dull, but it's still only an introduction.

The good stuff is with "The Equalizer," a solid beat that regularly softens those cold beats with stretches of shimmering downtempo. Then they change the same formula for "First Time," which is a pretty trip-hop sound that gets sprinkled with sharp computerized beats. Not catchy, just so you know.

That mix of sharp beats and downtempo continues as the album trips on. The melodies are fragile, the beats are robust -- they glide through the vaguely ominous "In the Morning," cascade through the bittersweet sound of "So This is Goodbye," and jerk through the robotic "Caught in a Wave." The ending song, "FM," is a surprisingly soft finale, with a very soft melody and those computer beats.

Perhaps "So This is Goodbye" has only one real flaw: the songs tend to blur together over the listening period, since the beat/chillout ratio is the same for most of them. So it might take a few listens before this one really pops in your head.

But that ratio is very good -- the chillout electronica lulls you, and the cold robot beats snap you out of the trance.
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This is my second favorite album of all time, and my favorite electronic album ever produced. I just love it so much, I wish I could listen to it for the first time again, just to know what it was like. There are plenty of subtle nuances, the synthscape is gorgeous, and emanates a very memory-esque feeling.

This album's story feels concise - it tells of sorrow, brokenness, and separation. Each song is similar in style, yet unique - they all portray their own social emotion that gives the feeling of having been a memory, and that feeling is all that is left, the details forgotten or broken. Count Souvenirs tells of visiting a house whose owner is best described as a "hoarder," with stacks of reviews from old times and "like a preteen, chasing all the latest news." FM is the only "major" key song in this album, but it's not altogether different, and feels like it's saying, "all that is in the past, let's go elope." It's an excellent conclusion to So This Is Goodbye.

The instrumentation throughout the album is simplistic but very well engineered. Matt Didemus does a good job following up to Last Exit, with intriguing "glitchy" drums (as my brother calls them), but not quite as loud and emphatic. The synths and vocals are more of a focus on So This Is Goodbye, and synths have more reverb and develop a more distinct synthscape. The samples used on this album are BRILLIANT. On In the Morning, a vocal sample is used, "tooo young, ah-ah-ah" that sounds like it was being sung through a fan, which brings back many childhood memories for me. That same sort of effect is actually used on the opening track, Double Shadow, ("ov-ah") though it's harder to tell since the sample is much shorter.
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Junior Boys newest release succeeded in being one of my favorite chill out albums of the year previously (based on a friends recommendation, i soon had to agree). While opinions very the reasoning is simple.
Catchy electronic beats, great smooth vocals that sound fatigued (not in a bad manor) and a few note worthy songs.

"In the Morning" was released as a music video/single, it is indeed the most commercially appealing fluctuate song off the albums on tray, but some still hold their footing. Many songs may not be as distinctive as this though and may sound a lot alike. Don't be fooled though, take a few listens. Another great song is "So this is Goodbye" a smoother flowing slower tempo song, resulting in a regretful approach. "Like a Child" is the exact opposite, giving way to tight faster paced notes causing the ears to respond in a awkward manor. The songs are fashionable and party like, but also relaxing and well produced.

The albums tone and nature truly makes for a soothing friendly listening experience. If your friends are into this style of music it'll be a superb album for your clique. If you enjoy Junior Boys try out Royksopp they are a little bit more experimental if you're willing to broaden your horizons.
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After listening to Last Exit i was ultra excited to find out So This is Goodbye in store, this album is in certain ways different than the first, it has some tracks with more beat/uptempo than the last album, however Last exit has some sort of sweet,calm and in some ways depressing sounds that make the first one truly unique, this second album has a bit of that however with more noise which is the thing i am giving this 4 stars due to that, the track that messes in my opinion the whole album is "In the Morning" kind of repetitive sound and well if anyone of you people are into Remixes you should have heard The remix of this song made by Alex Smoke which rocks with minimalistic style better than the original in this album.

As for that the rest of the tracks are sweet and some others calm, some others well... in the middle of those haha.

Its worth the buy that it does.

Its a good evolution of this electro/pop/minimal style whatever you want to call it, and i hope to see a new album from this canadian group soon enough.

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