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Boomkat Product Review:
Junior Boys make a very welcome return to our lives with their fourth album, three years since predecessor 'Begone Dull Care'. Now firmly established as one of the world's pre-eminent blue-eyed disco-soul groups, they present a set of laidback, streamlined and spacious productions, much more diverse than their previous two, and dare we say, recalling the immense gratification of their debut 'Last Exit' (one of the best pop albums of the last decade?). For us, like many others, the rhythms carry as much weight (if not, sometime, more) than the vocals, which was why we didn't care so much for the dumpy mid-tempo struts of their last few efforts. But this time the tracks are as varied as they are engaging, flipping into a lithe flicker of Freestyle Electro syncopation and oriental melodies on immaculate opener 'Itchy Fingers', before putting the handbrakes on for the Lynch-hued sweet sorrow of 'Playtime'. Swinging back to fresher modern boogie, 'A Truly Happy Ending' deploys some killer Prince-like yelps and Linn-twitches and at the album's apex 'The Reservoir' twirls in a more smudged version of the hyperreal synth-pop simulation Laurel Halo inhabited on 'King Felix'. Restlessly kinetic until the end, 'Kick The Can' switches tack for a highly crafty blend of Minimal Techno and electro-pop before tipping out high on the charming 'Banana Ripple'. We'll be spending much more time with this album for sure.