Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Feb 1, 2023
    80
    We’re hearing Junior Boys’ elegant growth and evolution with their sound. We’re constantly impressed with how Greenspan and his partner Matt Didemus create some moving sounds, pivoting away from their synth-funk past.
  2. Uncut
    Oct 28, 2022
    80
    An immersive, gently hypnotic and sporadically sublime album. [Dec 2022, p.29]
  3. Oct 28, 2022
    80
    Understated and enveloping.
  4. Oct 28, 2022
    70
    Waiting Game is a smooth and smart shift for an outfit that was doing just fine prior but could stand to switch it up. Whether soft reset or brief respite, it's definitely Junior Boys' most tasteful and interesting album.
  5. Oct 28, 2022
    70
    The result is an album defined largely by what it lacks compared to the band’s past work: a reduction rather than an expansion. Waiting Game proves the duo can conjure their trademark atmosphere without many of their usual tools, but it’s harder to identify what their music gains from losing them.
  6. Oct 31, 2022
    59
    Junior Boys’ track record shows that change is good, but here it feels like the tiptoe before a more significant step.