Maybeshewill
Fair Youth


2.9
good

Review

by Jacob R. STAFF
September 2nd, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 08/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!’”

The summary of this review is the white-hot conclusion of a speech from actor Peter Finch’s character in the 1976 movie Network. The more Howard Beale speaks, the angrier he realizes he is- what began as an innocent enough economic treatise transforms into rage, outright and infinite. It’s more than that, though- Beale’s tired of ambivalence. In the role of the mentally unstable Beale, Peter Finch leaves an impression that simultaneously disgraces and inspires the viewer. And it sure is easy to forget Maybeshewill sampled this very speech in their first full-length album, for "Not For Want Of Trying" feels like a song from a different era (even if only six years old.) From the get-go this Leicestershire-based band operated via volatility, impressing sizable guitar riffs onto what was a initially a tranquil take on post-rock. And this juxtaposition didn't just distinguish the band from its peers; it turned them into a remarkably palatable post-rock group, one who made a simple concept like urgency sound so different to so many. And "Not For Want Of Trying" spearheaded this concept by containing this speech right in its center, a collection of words that couldn't sum up Maybeshewill any better.

Howard Beale’s speech used in “Not For Want Of Trying” spearheaded the rawness Maybeshewill was once known for. It gave voice to the turmoil, those uneasy feelings shrouded beneath the music; it took ideas that were difficult to truly put into words, and communicated them scrupulously. But as I listen to Fair Youth, it strikes me that the most vital components of Maybeshewill’s earlier sound have been swept away more and more with each passing year, like grains of sand that blanket a stormy coastline. It’s the natural process of things- the world changes immeasurably from one moment to the next, not to even mention the littler things that come along with it. But this is precisely why Fair Youth leaves me a bit flummoxed- for a band who seemed to have found veritable places from which it can cull inspiration, they seem to be running their own well dry.

The very things that inspired Maybeshewill to make music in the first place- social unrest and robust melodies- are both absent on Fair Youth, and there isn’t a whole lot left to take their place. Part of the problem may be that the album functions as the logical successor to 2011’s I Was Here For A Moment- an album compressed the group’s sound into something so angular and narrow that moving forward, evolution existed as more an abstract concept than anything else. And if that record taught us any lesson it was that Maybeshewill know how to paint a pretty scene with their songs: they wrote melodically palatable post-rock songs in varying time signatures, and then instilled indelible melodies on piano and guitar, perhaps even both. But the fundamental difference between I Was Here... and its predecessor is that it had bite, it had the monumental riffs and it had the anger. Fair Youth is emotionally listless and sterile, existing instead as a post-rock album that, above all else, maintains. The same things you felt right before you began spinning the record, well, those are the same things you’ll feel during. And if what Fair Youth wants you to feel and what you’re already feeling are one and the same, then why even bother? I want impact; I want to be affected. I want something to get mad about.




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Truly the fairest of them all....

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Relaxation, not revolution....


Comments:Add a Comment 
Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


10288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

I've been writing this over the process of several days, so I hope it reads well.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
September 2nd 2014


1210 Comments


I love that last paragraph

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


10288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

Thanks, man. You a fan of this group?

JohnnyOnTheSpot
September 2nd 2014


1210 Comments


I'm a casual fan of their earlier stuff yeah. might not bother with this one though

paradox1216
September 2nd 2014


503 Comments


20/10

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ExplosiveOranges
September 2nd 2014


3177 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

King Jacob returns! I kinda dig this tbh.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


10288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

Hey guys =]

I enjoy this album in a certain way, but it also disappoints me immensely. It's hard to cope with feeling bored from a Maybeshewill album.

Underflow
September 2nd 2014


2579 Comments


This is pretty bland. Sounds like too much other post rock out there.

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
September 2nd 2014


3451 Comments


The album itself is not bad, but yeah, compared to their previous stuff is bland.

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Gestapo
September 2nd 2014


728 Comments


bland is a good word for it

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2014


10288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

but let's talk about how really cool all their other music is

Crowing87
September 3rd 2014


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This new album is definitely not the same maybeshewill. I still like it quite a lot, but I feel it lacks the passion their previous releases posessed.

Pajolero
September 3rd 2014


187 Comments


I'll have a chance to see them this weekend and after giving this a listen I'm not entirely sure if I
should. Do like their earlier stuff though. How are they live?

JS19
September 3rd 2014


4343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is a fantastic example of what it does, but people seem disappointed not because it's a bad record, but because it's not the one they wanted. I think it's beautiful

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JS19
September 3rd 2014


4343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh and Pajolero see them live they are fantastic

InfamousGrouse
September 3rd 2014


3539 Comments


Banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a GUN under the counter

RadioSuicide
September 3rd 2014


324 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The first sentence of the second paragraph feels redundant, but it might just be me. Album is meh.

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Captain North
September 3rd 2014


6791 Comments


If I absolutely adore I Was Here For A Moment am I more likely to enjoy this than you?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
September 3rd 2014


10288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.9

nah Radio youre probably right, i may remove it. thanks for pointing it out

Captain, i'd say you'll find more here that you like. The lead single, In Amber, is very reminiscent of that album, and the other tunes are pretty takes on that sound- just with less aggression. The closing track is pretty killer as well

Tyrannic
September 4th 2014


3262 Comments


Take this to heart is the perfect example of why this kinda blows.



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