Big Black Coat

Junior Boys - Big Black Coat
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2016 Ratings: #281 / 916
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2016 Ratings: #267
February 5, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
City Slang / Label
Electropop, Synthpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
AllMusic

Compulsive in more than one sense, Big Black Coat contends with Last Exit as Junior Boys' deepest, most vibrant work.

84
Resident Advisor

That candid affability and late-night wisdom has always been, and still remains, the essence of Junior Boys. It makes Big Black Coat feel like business as usual for Geenspan and Didemus, even as it does more with their wealth of experience than ever before.

80
NOW Magazine
A new urgency and immediacy provide welcome counterpoint to the reserved Canadian introspection that still characterizes their songs.
80
Pitchfork
It's an impressive juggling act, and most importantly, it never lapses into pastiche or boredom, wearing its influences squarely on its sleeve while standing as one of the highlights of Junior Boys' discography.
80
The Guardian

It’s that ability to mix elements smoothly that makes Big Black Coat so easy to love.

80
Exclaim!

One could argue that every Junior Boys album is about love, and Big Black Coat is no exception, but this time, the duo's devotion is to the '90s electronic music scene — a worthy muse, if there ever was one.

75
Consequence of Sound
As they depart from their early combination of synthpop and R&B into harder, accented electronics reminiscent of early Detroit techno, Junior Boys push forward with one of their most liberating releases in a decade — and, best of all, they sound happy doing it.
70
Drowned in Sound

Despite perhaps being a little too tasteful to truly excite, Big Black Coat is an accomplished, soulful effort that will reward casual listeners and audiophiles alike.

70
Spin

Big Black Coat works best when the music is as committed to frenzied, all-consuming libidinousness as the lyrics, and on those grounds, it’s a surprisingly successful reinvention for the duo: one that feels more in line than recent efforts with the strengths (if not the tones) of their earliest material.

70
The Line of Best Fit

The album excels when they focus on dancefloor values, mainly because it’s the most upfront they’ve ever sounded - and therefore something new from them - but also because they prove to be so damn good at it.

60
Loud and Quiet
A little more quality control could have made this a stirring comeback for Junior Boys; instead, they do enough to remind us of what we’ve been missing, but only just.
60
musicOMH

Those hoping for another quantum leap from Junior Boys may be slightly underwhelmed by Big Black Coat. It’s a slightly uneven collection with some weaker tracks, but nevertheless its creators remain artists whose ability to construct slinky, agile grooves with a dark underbelly is still well worth seeking out.

60
PopMatters

It’s not exactly warm, but warmth is not the point. Comfort is, and Big Black Coat has something of a familiar, vintage feel.

NR
I love this album. That is all.
josecarloslopes
27
Favorite tracks : YOU SAY THAT, C'MON BABY and BIG BLACK COAT.
seszental
72
BEST TRACKS:
- Over It
- C'mon Baby
- Big Black Coat
JediMark
65
Picks: Big Black Coat / C'mon Baby / What You Won't Do for Love
lucwas
77
It is not in the same level of It's All True or Begone Dull Care, and it disappoints me because of the 5 years of waiting. But it's still a good album. BT: Over It, What You Won't Do for Love and You Say That.
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Track List

  1. You Say That
  2. Over It
  3. C'mon Baby
  4. Baby Give Up on It
  5. M & P
  6. No One's Business
  7. What You Won't Do for Love
  8. And It's Forever
  9. Baby Don't Hurt Me
  10. Love Is a Fire
  11. Big Black Coat
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Added on: November 1, 2015