So This Is Goodbye - Junior Boys
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  • Summary: This is the second album for the acclaimed Canadian electronica outfit led by Jeremy Greenspan.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Where Last Exit was indebted to the clubbier side of dance pop--with its tendency to wind songs around Dark’s close-clipped beats--So This Is Goodbye is a post-aught pop record first and foremost, an elegant, spacious collection of flash-frozen R&B and soft disco laments.
  2. The icy qualities of Last Exit's synths are retained, but the old minimalism is certainly gone, and enough real warmth buoys these productions that songcraft actually develops.
  3. While This is Goodbye does suffer, like Last Exit, from being a little too consistent (there’s very little variation in tempo or arrangement, or theme for that matter), it's as cohesive a listening experience as almost any album I’ve heard this year.
  4. The results may not be as jarring as its predecessor - the excitement of their original experimentation is gone - but ultimately they’re more satisfying, indicative of a duo much more comfortable with their vision.
  5. In the 1980s, artists such as Bronski Beat and David Sylvian used a similar sonic palette. But there's a distance to Greenspan's perfectly constructed grooves and well-modulated lyrics that falls somewhere between ironic and mournful.
  6. The Boys are still presenting themselves as an emotionally sensitive duo, but the smoothness pulls the urgency out of some of their problems.
  7. 30
    Greenspan turns the pathos of 2004's Last Exit into nearly intolerable bathos, with the beats now noticeably dragging. [Oct 2006, p.98]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. LeeB.
    Oct 28, 2007
    Simply an amazing record. Top to bottom the record shines. Definitely the best record of 2006, without a doubt in my mind. The songs are tremendous in both their subtleties and minimalistic change, and Greenspan's vocals just hit you where it hurts. Truly beautiful, a must buy. Expand
  2. LongIsland
    Sep 21, 2006
    The best electronica album I've heard Since Kid A
  3. NeilerM
    Nov 30, 2006
    Brand New Retro Robot Synth Funk...Album of the year!
  4. m.shoe
    Sep 17, 2006
    cant stop listening to this.
  5. bobbyk
    Mar 1, 2007
    Syth-pop perfection. An aside: why Spin is still considered relevant, especially on Metacritic is beyond me.
  6. ToddW
    Sep 27, 2006
    Like Neon Golden and Give Up, two offerings lost in our cultural wilderness, this album perfectly melds the intricacies of polyrhythmic electronica with the best melodic pop. Jeremy Greenspan has matured exponentially as a songwriter since Last Exit, replacing the more detached ambiance with warmer hues. For those of you who wish Depeche Mode was more substance than style, this should be your next purchase. Expand
  7. jason
    Dec 3, 2006
    This genre is just not catching on. Afew listens and it'll be in resale bins across the planet. Last Exit was the same. Acouple steps and some neat sounds, but collecting dust after a month....don't make the same mistake and save your money this time. Expand

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