[Album Review] Junior Boys- Big Black Coat
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Release Date: February 5th, 2016
Label: City Slang Records

Travel to the retro sounds of the late 70s and 80s with Junior Boys’ Big Black Coat. If you love the delicate nuances with electronic music this album is stellar.

With the opener “You Say That” there are changes to sounds at every corner, keeping the listener surprised, whether it’s some random sample or the slowed down R&B vocals. Now at their 5th album, the band seems to be moving forward with the current trends as they age, while remaining very much themselves.

There’s something about the simplicity of songs like “Over It” & “M&P” that are particularly sexy, like you’re sitting at a nice bar and there’s a cute dude at the end of the room. Nothing particularly happens with that guy, you just maybe have a pleasant chat and dance together. “Baby Don’t Give Up On It” makes you imagine moonwalking on that dance floor. While I have no idea how to dance to “Love is a Fire”, it is bound to get the listener moving.

Time stops in “No One’s Business”. It’s like Jeremy Greenspan is staring into the eyes of his dream girl. Most might not even realize that “What You Won’t Do For Love” is a Bobby Cadwell cover because it became completely theirs with hypnotic techno beats. The most outstanding track is the one that names the album. In 7 minutes we see it subtly evolve over time.

I don’t know what about Hamilton that inspires this kind of sound (Jessica Lanza is from there too) but I hope it continues. Who needs to reinvent themselves when they still sound so good?