You Might Be Smiling Now

Album Review of You Might Be Smiling Now by The Just Joans.

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You Might Be Smiling Now

The Just Joans

You Might Be Smiling Now by The Just Joans

Release Date: Dec 8, 2017
Record label: Fika Recordings
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

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You Might Be Smiling Now - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Record Collector - 80
Based on rating 4/5

Ever believed time heals all wounds? Spiky siblings David and Katie Pope's Motherwell miserablists are back to disabuse you of that. Don't let the Joans' growth from a two-piece to a six-piece fool you: though this comeback set stretches their sonic range beyond penny-pinching efforts like 2013's 6.9 Love Songs, the Joans' emotional range remains so stalwart in opposition to romantic platitudes that it verges on the heroic. It's a pitch that counterpoints their indie classicism with a reliably tart wit, whether it's on the honeyed harmonies and acidic anti-sentiments ("It's tragic but it's true") of the Mary Chain-ish O Caledonia or the strikes at optimism's jugular of jangle-pop throwback Steal The Keys (1996 Tears).

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The 405 - 80
Based on rating 8/10

One of the sad facts about growing older is that you can never stop thinking back on your more youthful days. Be they awkward, exciting, regretful - you'll always wish there were a way to relive them other than in memory. That's what The Just Joans have aimed for on their new album You Might Be Smiling Now…, with a collection of songs that look back on their teens and twenties with a wryness that is both cutting and earnest, but all comes straight from the heart.

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