Young Heart Attack
Mouthful of Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bartender EMERITUS
January 14th, 2005 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Released 2003 on XL Recordings

Chris Hodge - vocals, guitar
Jennifer Stephens - vocals (and live, a tambourine)
Frenchie - guitar
Steven T. Hall - bass
Joey Shuffield - drums

Young Heart Attack are a young band - Mouthful of Love is their debut - but their influences are nothing but classic, and worn proudly on their sleeves - AC/DC, Guns'n'Roses (on Appetite..), MC5 (Over and Over was originally their song), The Who (the intro to Starlite "pays homage to"/rips off Won't Get Fooled Again), Motörhead, Kix (!) and even Zeppelin's less psychedelic, more straightforward, moments. Basically every great high-energy rock band (not - and let's make this clear - not glam rock/hair metal) of the past.

You won't find anything new on this album - rather, there's just 10 top class tracks of high-energy, blues-influenced classic rock. Clearly of the opinion that if you're not going to do something new, you'd better at least do it well, these guys have gone and done just that. Young Heart Attack is a great name for a rock band, and Mouthful of Love is possibly the best album name they could've chosen.; then, on top of that, they've assembled ten infectious songs (either written them themselves, or else cherry-picked from some of the best available). Every track is relatively short, and (with the exception of (Take Me Back) Mary Jane, the album's midpoint chillout song) pretty much based around a simple structure, twin guitars playing catchy, loud blues-rock riffs (with the occasional kickass guitar solo - see Sick of Doing Time for an example), and the vocals.

The vocals, to put it bluntly, are awesome. Chris doesn't so much sing as scream/yell the whole time, in a manner that sounds like he's simultaneously trying to be both Bon Scott and Brian Johnson - it's high-pitched, but not in a Justin Hawkins or power metal kind of way. Jennifer's vocals are the something extra that Young Heart Attack have. For a start, she has a lovely voice, and great vocals on their own, but on many of the tracks, she and Chris trade off their vocals, singing one line then the other, or collaborating on the choruses - when it is done, it's breathtaking and huge fun to listen to. Mouthful of Love, Starlite, El Camino, Tommy Shots, Sick of Doing Time, Over and Over and Misty Rowe all noticeably have this double vocal attack, and as such, they're somewhat superior to the other tracks. Still, there are no filler tracks here - (Take Me Back) Mary Jane provides a spot of humour and a more relaxed song, and the other two are still fine rock songs.

As well as nothing new, there is nothing to challenge your intellect - no weird time sigs or changes, no incredibly notey riffs or complicated basslines, and no existential or brain-stretching lyrics; they tend to stick to the tried and tested rock formula of beer, women, gasoline and generally having a great time. If you're of the disposition that can enjoy a no-brains, all-fun approach, then that's no problem, though I can see how some might find dumb fun not enough of a product to spend money on.

A final, personal note - Young Heart Attack really fire on all cylinders live. I was lucky enough to see them (it's how I got into the band) supporting the Wildhearts (my favourite band at the time) and the mighty Motörhead, and they were the band of the night for me. Chris had really great stage presence (standing, legs akimbo, with his big hair and big guitar), and both he and Jennifer never faltered once in their vocals. Really worth seeing live.

All in all, a very good rock album, stuffed with good tunes and a brilliant vocal style, all done with an attitude which just screams energy and enhusiasm for life. If, like me, you were pissed off at bands like Jet and The Darkness being hailed as gods just because they took a retro view (and even though they were really just average, or below in Jet's case), then this is probably what you should be listening to. Worthy of just over a 4/5.

[url]www.youngheartattack.net[/url]



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spongebath01
July 23rd 2004


2 Comments


Nice review man!

They are a fresh kick in the *** to the music scene.

By the way where did you see them live?

Bartender
Emeritus
July 24th 2004


826 Comments


Thanks, it's nice to see that someone else knows these guys.

I saw them live in Newcastle (England) last October. Have you seen them?

Bartender
Emeritus
July 28th 2004


826 Comments


Does anyone know where to find YHA lyrics? I doubt anyone will read this, but I'll ask anyway. The only page I've found that's anything to do with their lyrics is on their messageboard, which is just a "best guess" version of about half the songs. It's been helpful in trying to figure them out though, so here's the link.

http://s7.invisionfree.com/Young_Heart_Attack/index.php?showtopic=12

spongebath01
July 29th 2004


2 Comments


Oh thats right the played at Reading.

I'm from Houston so they come here a lot...

Bartender
Emeritus
July 29th 2004


826 Comments


Yeah, I think they did, I didn't see them there though.

Kingofdudes
November 13th 2004


294 Comments


I have heard both Sick of Doing Time and In Luck. Both were great at first, but now when they come up on the playlist, I just skip to the next song :/

They are okay, but I dont think I will be buying a CD.

Det_Nosnip
November 13th 2004


374 Comments


Cool! I love dualing male/female vocals, one of my favorite band arrangements, and classic rock's always good.

Iai
Emeritus
November 13th 2004


3553 Comments


Sad to say, these guys irritate the hell out of me. It's the voices, they grate so badly.

Cool review though.

Bartender
Emeritus
November 14th 2004


826 Comments


Too bad. I'd still recommend seeing them live though, especially if they're supporting someone you like.

I've lost my copy of this

the2stranger
November 14th 2004


130 Comments


great review

I've seen them live as well, quite the energetic band on stage

Badmoon
November 14th 2004


384 Comments


Fabulous review :thumb:

Other than this review, I have never heard of these guys. I'll try to check them out.

Iai
Emeritus
November 14th 2004


3553 Comments


[QUOTE=Bartender]Too bad. I'd still recommend seeing them live though, especially if they're supporting someone you like.

I've lost my copy of this [/QUOTE]
I can certainly imagine them being excellent live. They have a lot of energy in their music, it's just that the voices of the two singers realy grates on me. If they had different singers I'd love them.

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
May 25th 2006


3777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love putting this one on while im in the car, its got so much attitude! Great work on the review too, pretty much agree totaly with what you said.



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