Junior

  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Apr 13, 2010
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 80
    Junior could be just the thing for still-mourning Sleater-Kinney fans or anyone who likes their licks righteous and their indignation more so.
  2. While Junior lacks the mystifying guitar work that she built her name on, it is her most visceral and down to earth release to date.
  3. Mojo
    80
    King's voice, whether riding roughshod over her band's new found vravura arrangements or playing the smoky chanteuse, is still a decisive instrument of its own. [June 2010, p. 99]
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    78
    Finding her voice keeps King coming back sharper, more song and sound savvy, a commercially androgynous rockist back-and-forthing between guitar enchantment.
  5. King has given herself artistic license to make do with a voice that just isn't strong enough to keep up with all the interesting things going on around it.
  6. It's an album that manages consistency without ever letting you get settled. Where each of her records has shown her brilliant musicianship, Junior is Kaki King's finest accomplishment as a songwriter.
  7. Under The Radar
    70
    [The instrumentals] showcase King's extraordinary playing as she blends acoustic and electric guitar to create soundscapes of lilting, often unsettling beauty. [Spring 2010, p.70]
  8. The biggest drawback, one that can make the listener tire of the album long before it ends, is her terminally flat, undisciplined voice. More often than not, her compelling song structures suffer because of it. Ultimately, Junior feels more like a band record and furthers the sounds explored on Dreaming of Revenge.
  9. She doesn't have a ton of vocal gravitas, and too much of the record is taken up by spirdery guitar explorations; its indicative that the soft, simple break-up lament "Sunnyside" is both the least musically showy thing here, and the most movin
  10. What is frustrating about Junior is King's obvious talent. It is clear that this is a woman capable of a level of musicianship most artists can't achieve, yet she seems unable to do anything more with it than repeat a few good ideas with diminishing returns.

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