The Mint Chicks
F**k The Golden Youth


3.5
great

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
June 26th, 2005 | 9 replies | 3,823 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


April 18 2005, the moment of truth for New Zealand band The Mint Chicks. With an unbelievable amount of pressure, a brilliant live show and two top notch EPs behind them, The Mint Chicks released their debut album to the public in of April 2005.

The Mint Chicks

Ruban Nielson - Guitars
Kody Nielson - Vocals
Paul Roper - Drums
Michael Logie - Bass

With two highly acclaimed EPs behind them, people highly anticipated the full length release from the Mint Chicks. With their catchy pop hooks, the punk sounding production, their funky riffs and high vocals that go between indie pop sounds and crazy punk screaming, The Mint Chicks have a sound that is their own. The album that was going to change rock history for ever. The obvious question is; did it? Well, quite honestly, not really. It didn't really hit the high mark that was set for it in the first place. It's easy to forget that these guys are relatively new to this whole music industry thing and to blame them for not releasing the album that everyone demanded of them. But these guys are young and have a big career ahead of them. They are obviously talented and creative, but still have a few things to learn. A popular live band, The Mint Chicks (or The Minties, as native New Zealanders call them) retain a lot of that energy on "F**k the Golden Youth" and harness it in other tracks to make an effective release.

The Mint Chicks know their sound and know it well. They know what works and for the most part, they stick to it. The album includes quite a few new tracks, but old favourites such as "Opium of The People" are used to great effect. A problem that the band seem to have faced with this album (and indeed a lot of bands this year) is that they don't seem to be sure what to put on the album and what to leave off. The album is 13 songs long. In a world where most classic albums rarely exceed 10 songs, "F**k The Golden Youth" just has too many tracks. With the removal of a couple of tracks, the Minties debut could have worked slightly better. But the real issue is a bigger problem than this. The album simply doesn't measure up to the bands EPs and from reports of the band's live shows, it doesn't measure up to those either. The debut has some great instrument work, particularly the drums and guitars which always sound unique. The vocals work extremely well with the music and are pretty much always used effectively. "F**k The Golden Youth" is not a particularly bad album, or even an average one. It's a decent effort from a band who are capable of more. Lets hope that when they get a bit more experience under their belts, they can come out with something a bit more impressive. But until then, enjoy the solid album that "F**k The Golden Youth" is.

Pros

Cool sound
Great instrumental work
Cool production

Cons

Gets boring
They can do better than this
A few filler tracks

Reccomended Tracks

Rubbage Rat
Nothing Is A Switch
Opium Of The People



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masada
June 26th 2005



2733 Comments


It's a good review and all, but you really did nothing to describe the sound, as if we're supposed to know what they sound like.

Gish
June 26th 2005



16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they are an amazing live band, and this CD does not do them justice. Seen them a couple of times over here, but opium of the people is a really good song...

Iai
Emeritus
June 26th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

I hate it. Maybe it's because I never heard the EPs, but I can't understand the hype one little bit.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 26th 2005



2125 Comments


You don't like anything on there? Like, you don't enjoy any of the songs on it?

Iai
Emeritus
June 26th 2005



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nope. There was one in the middle of the record that was okay for a bit (Opium.....I think), but that's it.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 26th 2005



2125 Comments


I see. The only real standouts for me were Opium and "Nothing Is a Switch". The rest was nice, but nothing amazing. I thought the EPs were a lot better.

Gish
June 26th 2005



16 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the anti-tiger EP is really good, much better than this CD

br3ad_man
Emeritus
June 27th 2005



2125 Comments


I'm completely clueless about the band (because I haven't heard of them, let alone heard anything from them), but good review, br3ad.


I'll give you some of their stuff sometime.

Happymeal
June 30th 2005



330 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Quantity over quality. I thought the production was a bit of a weak point. Lo-fi sounds are cool yes, but it makes a lot of songs sound repetitive, especially if they take the same approach in most of them(note: "Rubbage Rat", "So Many of You, So Few Of Us", "You're Bored Because You're Boring"). They still have the potential though and I'm not losing hope on their next release. Great review man.



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