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Junior Boys, ‘So This Is Goodbye’ (Domino)

Once upon a time, it seemed like Junior Boys were poised to swipe the Postal Service’s emotronica demographic — they brooded harder and had better beats. But for this second album, lead weeper Jeremy Greenspan received no rhythmic contributions from former partner Johnny Dark, and it shows. With the single “In the Morning” a half-exception, Greenspan turns the pathos of 2004’s Last Exit into nearly intolerable bathos, with the beats now noticeably dragging. You’re better off hunting down Dark’s recent Can’t Wait EP.

Now Hear This:Junior Boys – “In the Morning” DOWNLOAD MP3