Gang Of Youths are one of the best music acts to come out of Australia this decade. I can’t say I’d heard of them before I spotted this album being reviewed in Kerrang! a couple of months ago, but after seeing that, I checked out their first album. It was a melancholy masterpiece, based on the lead singers girlfriend suffering from a terminal illness. I immediately moved on to try and listen to this album, but was gutted to find out that it didn’t come out in Europe for another two months. Ever since, I’ve been waiting, and avoiding any temptation to listen to any of the tracks that have come out from it over the past few weeks, so I can listen to this album in full. The day finally came that I could listen to it, and all my expectations have been met and even more.
What can I even say about this album other than that it’s an utter masterpiece from start to finish. From the beautiful piano ballad that is the beginning to ‘Fear And Trembling’, to the final few notes of closer ‘Say Yes To Life’, this album travels from strength to strength, covering quiet ambient sounds all the way to intense rock songs. But no matter the style of song, everything sounds massive. Symphonic string arrangements, and a whole lot of reverb make this album echo around your head in the best way possible. A perfect example of this is ‘Achilles Come Down’, which has a beautiful violin pattern playing all the way through it.
Usually I’d list a few songs and talk about their good qualities here, but I can’t do that for two very important reasons. The first is that this album should be listened to in full, without question. The second is that to would be unfair to rank any of the songs as better than the others, because this whole album is incredible, each song like a little puzzle piece that fits with all the others to create a masterpiece. I was expecting a lot from this album, but it has surpassed every expectation I had for it. It is incredible, epic, and better written than anything I have heard this year. Believe me when I say this is the album of the year so far. Sorry Lorde, but Gang Of Youths have taken your crown.