Begone Dull Care

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  • Summary: The third album fof the electronic duo from Canada.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. It’s a record that takes a little patience and a little effort but when given the proper attention it will become like that one album from when you were young that just won’t leave your iPod.
  2. Filter
    82
    While certain tracks such as "The Animator" And "What It's For" seem to get a little lost in themselves, most tracks triumph in the end, becoming thoughtful and often foot-tapping experiences not to be missed. [Spring 2009, p.92]
  3. Uncut
    80
    This lolls with a neat mix of languor and subtle urgency through the kind of smart/funk The Beloved mastered 20 years ago. [Jun 2009, p.90]
  4. Begone Dull Care almost feels like slipping outside, like the band performing as anything other than the Junior Boys. But it’s exactly when the Junior Boys within them shine through the charade of evolution that they are allowed to pierce through, into both the eternal and the zeitgeist.
  5. 70
    Junior Boys’ immaculate synth-pop comes with a heartsick afterburn, even such unrobotic elements as a wandering saxophone or gentle acoustic guitar.
  6. This go-around does lack the face-sucking gravity of "In the Morning" to serve as a point of access, but the best way to experience Junior Boys’ music has always been total submission.
  7. The songs on Begone do not unfurl, nor do they climax.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. MycroftW
    Apr 17, 2009
    9
    Different but the same as the previous albums and another winner.
  2. Baba
    Apr 9, 2009
    8
    Although I give this album an 8, consider me disappointed. The last two Junior Boys albums were absolutely perfect. This one seems like Although I give this album an 8, consider me disappointed. The last two Junior Boys albums were absolutely perfect. This one seems like outtakes from those two. The tunes never catch any momentum. I'm not a listener who normally demands pop hooks, but this album is virtually devoid of anything catchy. Regardless of my criticisms, its still a decent album and I'm crossing my fingers its a grower. Expand
  3. EricC
    Apr 15, 2009
    7
    The songs don't really progress, which hurts when they're averaging over 5 minutes long. And while they show hints of an edgier The songs don't really progress, which hurts when they're averaging over 5 minutes long. And while they show hints of an edgier side, they never venture away from their smooth, unchallenging jams. But as a whole, it's hard not to enjoy most of this album. Minimalist electro pop is a tough mediium, and these guys come close to mastering it. They've got cool beats and cool synth melodies, and it's hard to ask for more. Expand