Junior Boys make love songs. Not the usual bog standard love songs with over-emoting and fist clenched to the heart. 'So This Is Goodbye' deals with relationships and in particular the downside to having and not having them. The backdrop of minimalist 80s electro-music is the unlikely foundation for all these ideas but somewhow, thanks to Jeremy Greenspan's soothing vocals and the minimalist electronic touches, the project works beautifully.
'First Time' begins with handclaps and eerie proto-electro from the days of Clockwork Orange but from this somewhat unfashionable scenario emerges a wistful delight whilst 'In The Morning' reaffirms the duo's standing as a an act who could fill a sweaty club dancefloor. Yet Junior Boys undoubtedly come into their own the sadder they sound. 'Count Souvenirs', 'Like A Child' and the title song bask in the vulnerable tones of Greenspan whilst smooth synth lines pile on the spinge-tingling emotions and if the teary 'When No One Cares' has a timeless aura of a vintage lament that's because it's actually a cover of a Sinatra song. Almost unbelievably, 'So This Is Goodbye' is the second virtually flawless Junior Boys' performance in a row.