Overall Score: 8/10 Energy: 9/10 Positivity: 8/10 Repeat Listen Value: 8/10 Pros: Cons:
The second studio album from Blitz Kids is here! The Good Youth, the long awaited follow up to the 2011 release, Vagrants & Vagabonds has definitely been worth the wait. This is a significant step forward for the band in all areas, from start to finish this is an upbeat, positive album, oozing quality that will keep you coming back for more.
The 4 piece from Cheshire have experienced significant change over the last couple of years including changes to their line-up, a new record label (Red Bull Records) and recording out in LA with John Feldmann (All Time Low, Panic At The Disco), all of which was going to mark a difference to their sound and luckily it has been for the good.
The Good Youth has bags more positivity than its predecessors and provides clear direction in their sound. From the outset with All I Want Is Everything you get toe tapping, catchy, sing-along tune after tune. Throughout the album you can hear influences from across the rock spectrum, whether it is the Senses Fail style emotive chorus on Run for Cover, to the heavy feel of On My Own reminiscent of A Day to Remember, going to something totally different with the indie/pop vocals on the catchy Sometimes. Normally having a wide variety of styles would impact how the album flows but in this case it fits together well keeping the core values of being upbeat and positive throughout, all of this is polished off by great production value to boot.
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With The Good Youth, Blitz Kids are releasing an album with wide appeal which existing fans will love but will also bring in droves of new ones. These guys have a lot of potential and with The Good Youth they have shown what they can do, moving in a new direction can be difficult and no more so than in the unforgiving music industry so it is great to see a band working hard, learning from those around them and delivering. I expect to hear a lot more from Blitz Kids during 2014; I’m almost certain they will be bringing their energy to the festival scene this summer.