Begone Dull Care

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Apr 7, 2009
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. The acid test for an album such as this is to play it on a grey day and see if it can still work its magic. Begone Dull Care certainly does that, and is all the more remarkable for doing so with only eight tracks to draw on.
  2. 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.
  3. The suggestion the pair have somehow increased the emotional palette of their repertoire is a red-herring, but this is still a tremendous success.
  4. While there's decent fun to be had here, the Junior Boys have disregarded the dynamic intrigue of their previous work.
  5. So when I call Begone Dull Care a "mature" album, know it skirts both the positive and negative connotations of one of the most divisive adjectives in pop's lexicon.
  6. 90
    Devoted fans need not worry, though--the album still holds the melancholic flavor they’ve come to perfect, just with some added twinkling synths, hints at old-school R&B, and a splash of funk for good measure.
  7. This time around they sound slightly more connected to genuine dance music, while at the same time stripping away some of the atmospherics to allow more of their subtle pop sensibilities to surface.
  8. Quality electro from Canadian groove mechanics.
  9. 70
    Junior Boys’ immaculate synth-pop comes with a heartsick afterburn, even such unrobotic elements as a wandering saxophone or gentle acoustic guitar.
  10. A new album means more romantic whispers and languorous synth beats. Both ingredients are bountiful on the Canadian duo's third full-length.
  11. It’s certainly a fine achievement, an awesome collection of music has found its way onto Begone Dull Care, and Junior Boys present everything in such an excellent way.
  12. 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.
  13. The atmospheric Begone Dull Care feels more appropriate for a slick urban lounge than the dance floor, meaning it sounds fine without feeling like it has to be listened to.
  14. Under The Radar
    80
    Album closer 'What's It's For' is the perfect come-down for an album that places Junior Boys in the pantheon of great like-minded duos such as Hall & Oates and Pet Shop Boys. [Spring 2009, p.79]
  15. 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]
  16. Q Magazine
    80
    It's beautifully put together, remarkably so given that it was constructed largely via the internet. [Jun 2009, p.124]
  17. 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]
  18. The duo's third album uses its fidgety rhythms and broad palette of synth sounds to create music that's perhaps subtler and more emotionally resonant than any they could hope to fashion using "real" instruments.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. MycroftW
    Apr 17, 2009
    9
    Different but the same as the previous albums and another winner.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. 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. Full Review »