Junip - Junip

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Apr 22, 2013
    A fuller, more focused version of the sound they introduced on Fields, this set of songs is worthy of being Junip's namesake album.
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    The rest of Junip never quite matches its first track.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    Ultimately, Junip keep their distance, offering a comforting hand on your shoulder rather than a full and unreserved embrace.
  4. Apr 25, 2013
    This second album feels less mannered than 2010 debut Fields. [Jun 2013, p.75]
  5. Apr 15, 2013
    These considered songs are slow to blossom but, like Junip, they're worth the wait. [May 2013, p.104]
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    Junip's second album is enchanting enough to sell cluster bombs. [May 2013, p.88]
  7. Apr 23, 2013
    Here, he [José González] dangles tensile guitar and low-talking tenor over stark, worldly grooves and drone-haunted synths.
  8. Apr 15, 2013
    When the trio pulls back, they almost consistently find their sweet spot. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.93]
  9. 70
    More often than not, Junip can essentially be heard as an instrumental pop album with the music feeding and building off itself. After seeing parts of three separate decades together, Junip have finally worked up to what they can be at their best.
  10. Apr 25, 2013
    It’s all very easy to listen to, but occasionally too close to easy listening.
  11. Apr 24, 2013
    José González’s smooth, honeyed vocals and nylon-string plucking are more timbres than lead presences, and to great success.
  12. Apr 16, 2013
    As with his solo output, Jose Gonzalez has a clear vision for his music's direction, and he sticks to it with admirably rigorous discipline here, making the majority of Junip more steady than indistinct. [No. 97, p.57]
  13. Oct 4, 2013
    The band pulls its emotional punches with all the opaque atmospherics, but ultimately, Junip takes the listener where they want to go as long as they surrender to the ride.
  14. Apr 15, 2013
    At their best though, Junip’s exotic folk gems have a slow-burning charm and are an impressive step forward from Gonzalez’s easy listening cover versions.
  15. May 2, 2013
    The second half of the album finds the foursome relenting and mostly mellowing out.
  16. Apr 22, 2013
    Whilst there are a couple of noteworthy exceptions there is simply too much here that simply slips into background music fodder.
  17. Apr 25, 2013
    Gonzalez's intricate, mellifluous guitar playing is not front and center, but committed followers of this side of his artistry will certainly be satisfied.
  18. It can be plodding and takes a while to get going, but also occasionally reaches soaring, festival-fields-at-dusk heights.
  19. Apr 23, 2013
    The sounds are bigger on Junip, but it’s the audible give and take among the performers this time that makes the album intimate.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 28, 2013
    Junip a three piece psychedelic indie rock band that released their debut EP "Black Refuge" back in 2005 later releasing their debut full length "Fields" in 2010. On April 23, 2013 their self titled sophomore album was released. Junip is known for their lovely acoustic patterns their laid back but still very cool synthesized effects and their soothing vocals. Well if you like all of that you will not be disappointed. Junip manages to release beautiful music and has yet to release something i don't like. After listening to the new album from start to finish about a hundred times i can say that i really enjoy this record it's great and i suggest it to anyone who simply likes music because Junip is a band that almost anyone can enjoy. However after listening to the new album i took some time to go back and listen to "Fields" i realized how much i liked their previous album more then the new self titled. Please don't get me wrong i love the new album i just think the debut album was better.I give this album a solid 8 out of 10 Full Review »
  2. Apr 24, 2013
    Fields was a defining debut, but in this self-titled they build off of that sound and introduce things like catchy hooks like "Your Life, Your Call", or subtle yet intriguing aspects such as the bass line on "Baton". Junip manages to keep you listening while they soothe you with their mellow but badass sound Full Review »
  3. Apr 24, 2013
    It's my first time to listen Junip and simply love this. It's not a rock at all and not an indie thing. They combined everything that they need to combine. Tune, voice and lyrics... I really love this album. Full Review »