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Juniorboys
Last Exit
Kin Records
www.electrokin.com


There is something heavenly in finding something beautiful outside of your normal existence. For me, I don't particularly care for house-techno, and for the most part consider it monotonous and a waste of listening time. But with Juniorboys, I found something elegant, intelligent, and so subtly wrought that I could be converted to listening to nothing else.

Its persuasion is so persistent and underemphasized that it could be, theoretically, easily overlooked, but I feel drawn back to it every time. What really does it for me is the asymmetric beats and background nuances. The vocals are soft and informal, leading the listener to lean into the songs yearning for more, but I wouldn't change it because it adds to the aura of ambiance nicely set up already. I am picky with sound effects on artificial pieces and there is not one negative thing I could rack my brain to say about this album. All pieces sound perfect together, and even counter-intuitive, extraneous sounds (viewed from the outside), are never counter-intuitive or extraneous.

The production does a lot of oxymoronic things such as the above, but with beautiful final outcomes. Normally, space between beats has the effect of slowing the momentum, forcing the song in a wrong direction. But not so here, the space used helps maintain the drive of the material while making it grander, bigger at the same time. When was the last time you heard something so bare, sound so large. Changes, especially within rhythm sections, are exquisite, precise, and effective, "Last Exit" has some changes that feel like they are breaking off of the album, but remain within the willing context of the song to achieve a beautiful effect.

The whole album could be summed up in one word: subtle. I tried so hard above not to over use that word, but it could be expressed for so many aspects of this piece. I could easily classify this album as an instant classic, worth many listens and years of play. Juniorboys subtle genius won me over, now you need to listen, too.

-bishop

Track listing:
DISC 1
1) More Than Real
2) Bellona
3) High Come Down
4) Last Exit
5) Neon Rider
6) Birthday
7) Under the Sun
8) Three Words
9) Teach Me How to Fight
10) When I'm Not Around

DISC 2
1) Unbirthday
2) Last Exit (Fennesz Mix)
3) Birthday (Manitoba Mix)
4) A Certain Association


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