Citizen
Youth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jason Carne USER (6 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2013 | 27 replies | 7,588 views


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Youth" proves that a collection of bare-bones songs can still have a lot of meat on them.

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

There is a principle in the design industry that attributes the success of an advertising campaign or corporate branding to its restraint and minimalism. In essence, compelling and efficient design is achieved through subtraction, not addition - extra weight simply dilutes the message. The same could be said of music, where less is more and that within the art of storytelling you only need the basics to get your point across sufficiently. Youth proves this theory true with a more stripped down and refined version of past endeavors wrapped up in a surprisingly simple package. Simplicity is often dismissed as boring or lacking in effort, but it's quite the opposite; it's cutting the fat and letting you get directly to the heart of whatever it is you hope to convey - which this Midwest quintet seems to understand perfectly.

Citizen successfully find their footing on their debut full length in a more despondent and gloomy version of their former selves. What this album lacks in energy it makes up for in honesty and resolution. This record doesn't have an air of hopelessness, but where their prior EP's and splits have sounded a bit more upbeat and angst ridden this feel considerably more dejected both lyrically and musically. Slower, more calculated songs take the limelight on Youth with less emphasis on hooks and more on emphatic vocal presence and brooding instrumental backing. The music serves as an effective vessel for Mat Kerekes voice that accompanies his emotive delivery tremendously without ever becoming overbearing in any sense.

Coincidentally their label-mates Turnover have followed a similar path after their split with Citizen last year. Producer Will Yip (who also worked on Magnolia, the latest Turnover album) seems to have a knack for bringing out a more measured, comfortable and truthful sound in the artists he works with. There has been this surprisingly efficient movement of grunge meets pop/punk and post-hardcore lately of which Citizen could potentially take the helm and push it in an exciting (albeit more morose) direction.

Despite all of its highlights, Youth begs for a bit more energy in certain areas. A few tracks on this album such as the lead singles "The Summer" and the hard-hitting opener "Roam The Room" have a certain fire and bite to them that other tracks on the record are just dying for. "The Night I Drive Alone" and "Sick And Impatient" show some of that same intensity as the aforementioned songs but it's fairly sparse throughout the 10 track offering (which is really on the short side for what's being called an LP at just barely over 30 minutes running time). This is truly an excellent debut album in every sense that shows immense potential for what their future records have in store. Citizen has found a near perfect balance that could just use a few extra splashes of intensity behind Mr. Kerekes burning words in what is otherwise a potent and passionate recipe for for success.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
JasonCarne
June 21st 2013



242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

First review in a long while.

Do yourself a favor and spin this at least two or three times before passing judgement on it, it's a real grower.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 21st 2013



19627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i liked it the first time i heard it.

sleep rules

Digging: The Who - Tommy

Cygnatti
June 21st 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh.

skoopy48
June 22nd 2013



1471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good stuff, almost like it as much as the new Turnover album.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2013



19627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

By the way great review pos

henryChinaski
June 22nd 2013



2713 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Really like this. I was hoping someone would review it. Roam the Room, Figure You Out and How Does It Feel are my favorites so far. Great review!

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elbaliem
June 22nd 2013



885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yep,it's a real grower.the summer, the night i drove alone and sleep are my favorites

titlefightmeirl
June 22nd 2013



659 Comments


nice review. pretty good album. nothing new, but great as it is.

ashcrash9
June 22nd 2013



385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thought it was only alright at first, then grew on me a ton, then grew off me a ton.
The Summer, Sleep, and Speaking with a Ghost are my faves on here.

Good review, pos'd.

merpmerp
June 22nd 2013



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

loving the fuck out of this right now... don't care if my rating is too high.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013



19627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

It rules

merpmerp
June 23rd 2013



792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It reminds me of Brand New that's probably why I like it so much

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013



19627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

listen to balance and composure

elbaliem
June 23rd 2013



885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

doesn't like balance and composure that much,it wear off quickly.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2013



19627 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

balance and composure are a grower. i used to think separation was a 3.5 now it's pretty much a 5 for me the lyrics are just phenomenal

DeadGuy
June 24th 2013



376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The Summer" is fantastic

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elbaliem
June 25th 2013



885 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

separation is just 3,5 for me, agreed on the lyrics part.

IfYouRun
June 27th 2013



291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Such a good album, love how much more unique their sound is now.

MuhNamesTyler
July 8th 2013



3809 Comments


Just bought this, expecting to like it a lot

sblevins95
July 18th 2013



156 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

These guys have a ton of potential. Great album



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