Junior Boys – Begone Dull Care

Author: Colin | Published: 28/12/09







Artist Junior Boys
Title Begone Dull Care
Label Domino
Year 2009
Designer Trevor Jackson
Music Subtle pop masterpiece
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Notes Junior Boys’ third album has been criminally overlooked in the end of year charts I’ve read  – though I’ve included it in my own review of the year. The subtle playfulness of the group’s music is reflected in Trevor Jackson’s design. The dual language structure – English in one pane, French in the other – is surely intended to be a little tongue in cheek. After all, there’s no French sung on the album itself. I don’t know how the CD version is handled, but I love the eight panes of colour on the inside of the outer sleeve (please forgive the goatse aspect of that last image…)


  1. The french titles are quite strange.
    track 3 must be : “de bric et de broc” or miettes et morceaux
    4 : faire une pause

    1 : jeter un coup d’oeil à l’image
    4 : à quoi ça sert

    but it’s sounds quite surealistic for a french guy like me

    Comment by Sebastien Hayez — December 28, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
  2. Hello Sebastien, yes I read more than once that the translations were rather clunky, but I’m afraid I don’t speak French. I’d wager that this is deliberate – it would certainly make for a nicely ironic counterpoint to the elegant symmetry of the design.

    Comment by Colin — January 5, 2010 @ 2:27 pm
  3. Thanks for posting this. The album was almost ignored in the year end charts. Pitchfork had a runners-up list for albums that didn’t make their top 50 and this was on there. Please. This was easily one of the best albums of ’09 and probably Junior Boys best so far. The artwork is very well done too. I had no idea about the colored squares inside! I’m checking my copy right now . . .

    Comment by John Blonde — February 12, 2010 @ 11:32 pm
  4. Agree entirely! Coloured squares are a nice visual ‘easter egg’.

    Comment by Colin — February 13, 2010 @ 11:07 am
  5. I believe the French titles somehow reference the National Film Board of Canada, from which the album title was inspired.

    Comment by Chris — June 28, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
  6. Junior Boys are from Canada and to have your product sold in Quebec it’s required by law to have bilingual packaging. My assumption in the bilingual packaging is to prevent having to do two versions for separate markets, and therefore not tongue in cheek.

    Comment by mp — September 22, 2010 @ 4:44 pm
  7. Could be I guess though perhaps a playful dealing with such a situation…

    Comment by Colin — September 23, 2010 @ 8:54 pm
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