Junior Boys have been providing aural pleasure since 2004. Composed of Canadians, frontman Jeremy Greenspan and his partner, Matt Didemus, Junior Boys provide what can be described as synth-heavy electronica teamed with melancholic vocals. Debut Last Exit and 2006 follow-up So This Is Goodbye embodied this mellow electro-pop, and were met with critical acclaim, albeit on a less commercial scale but a more appreciative audience. Their last album prior to their 2011 release It’s All True was Begone Dull Care, and was met with a slightly more ambivalent reception. Perhaps, caused by its more easy-to-listen tendencies, and more obvious soulful, and almost, disco roots. It’s All True marks the fourth album for the Junior Boys, and in short, they certainly have got out of the rut that their third album left them in. Instead, we’re back to where So This Is Goodbye left off: ready for downtempo synth-pop hooks.

There can be no doubt that these guys are sticklers for detail. Perfectly summed up as, well, perfectionists. Every layer, every beat and note seems to have been carefully thought, and possibly, agonised over. Every word that Jeremy Greenspan forms exudes a sense heart-wrenching agony that feels almost too personal to the listener. Maybe they are not so much artists, but more so, composers. Album opener 'Itchy fingers', an upbeat number, aptly has you itching to dance, an ideal addition to your summer playlist. From here on, the album becomes the epitome of the sound that the Junior Boys perfect at ease.

'Playtime', the second track on the album opts for a more mellow and sparse sound, it’s an ultimate chill-out track. Teamed with those husky vocals, it oozes sensuality. ‘A Truly Happy Ending’ or an ode to the implausibility of the Disney happily-ever-after fairytale reveals the 80s electro and disco influences that are clearly very present for the Boys. Here it seems that the album is beginning to establish a concept: the “true” journey of a relationship. 'Second Chance' picks up the album’s speed, with Jeremy Greenspan's breathy vocals arousing our aural areas with his repeated asking of ‘what’s the truth?’ reflecting a pain-staked vocalist hurting, an emotion that feels too familiar.

The only diagnosable problem of It’s All True is 'Kick The Can'. It’s the only track on the album that should be skipped, the croaky death sounding 'kick' seems out of place of a album that seems to exude bright and colourful beats. Excessively long for what it is can alienate the listener just through sheer boredom. It unfortunately, feels a little thrown together in comparison to the finely tweaked and tuned rest of the album. Yes it can be a celebration of raw artistic flare, but sadly, a track that will be skipped and cast to the sidelines.

Luckily, this song is forgotten because of the beauty of the end two tracks of the album. 'ep' offers us more luscious smooth lyrics that seem by now have become seductive, with Greenspan confessing 'I love you so bad and I wanna repeat it'. Last track on the album is the previewed single 'Banana Ripple'. Sexual euphemisms aside, It’s All True makes a full circle beginning with the funky upbeat, and ending with it. Lyrics such as 'now you'll never see me' appear to mark the end of this doomed relationship as well.

Undeniably this album is an enjoyable and beautiful experience. It certainly seems to have been made to listen to in its entirety rather than selecting a few rogue tracks. Standing at only 9 tracks long, it can be surprising the amount of pleasure taken from just over 50 minutes of music. Junior Boys have definitely found their groove again, so fans rejoice, and get ready to fall in love again with these damn funky men.

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