• 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. 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. 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.
  3. A new album means more romantic whispers and languorous synth beats. Both ingredients are bountiful on the Canadian duo's third full-length.
  4. 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]
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 »