After listening to their single ‘The Fight’ I was excited to give this album a thorough listen. I am sorry to say that my first reaction was that of disappointment in comparison to the reaction I had when listening to their single only a couple of weeks ago.
The album itself is not badly produced and the band put great effort into their sound, but for me it is the overall song writing and structure that seems to let these guys down. Each song seems to have a similar structure of verse/chorus/verse/chorus through out, which after a handful of tracks becomes very noticeable.
Although I was left unimpressed by the song structures the musicianship that The Dirty Youth showcase is second to none and the vocal range of their singer is up their with the current great women of rock such Hayley Williams and Amy Lee.
Although the vocal is impressive another factor that lets down this band is the lyrical content. Lines such as “la la la la la la lets get drunk” and “I really think I need to get fucked up” show an immature party attitude that has been played to death by hundreds of bands previously.
Keep in mind that The Dirty Youth have a good following on the underground circuit and this is only their debut album, the future is bright for the band if they focus on their sound and what they want to achieve. To me this album is ideal for a group of teenagers who spend too much time on social networking sites and drink in their local park but for a more mature audience it will probably not appeal.
The Dirty Youth deserve an A+ for effort, but in my view a D for delivery. Better luck next time guys. 6.5/10