Junior Boys - Last Exit (re-issue)

Format: 2CD, 2LP
Label: Domino Records DN O38
Year: 2005
Origin: Hamilton, Ontario
Genre: electronics
Value of Original Title: 
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Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Ontario, Experimental & Electronic, 2000's


Track Name
More Than Real
High Come Down
Last Exit
Neon Rider
Under the Sun
Three Words
Teach Me How to Fight
When I'm Not Around



Last Exit (re-issue)


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Includes second CD with Fennesz remix of "Last Exit" and Manitoba remix of "Birthday" and two new tracks: "Unbirthday" and "A Certain Association." There's no hype accompanying this group's assured ascent, because Junior Boys are not particularly fashionable (yet), and their sensitive, soulful, serene sound tends to provoke a reflective, measured response from those who hear it, rather than the usual premature ejaculation of superlatives. Critics love to try to categorize Junior Boys, to pin down their distinctive style, but, as you'll appreciate when you play the album, that's a tricky thing to do. You can say that "Last Exit" sounds like X doing Y with Z if you like, but it's the songs -- the magnetic, mesmeric songwriting of Jeremy Greenspan -- that stay with you long after the comparisons have faded. His songs are vulnerable and sentimental, tender and romantic, without resorting to cliché. They're cutting-edge, but easy on the ear. They discreetly use clever arrangements and advanced techniques to make their synth-pop as human as possible. They have a talent for writing familiar songs in an unfamiliar way, and for writing unfamiliar songs in a familiar way. "Last Exit" succeeds in every respect because Junior Boys execute their ideas with style and grace. This is charming music for a charmless age, old-fashioned pop performed in an exciting new way.


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