Gang of Youths   Go Farther in Lightness
4.0
excellent
Release Date: 2017
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3.0 goodDoofusWainwright CONTRIBUTOR | September 11th 17

Go Farther! In Lightness You! Kings of Leon

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4.5 superbverdant CONTRIBUTOR | August 18th 17

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh brand new who?

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4.5 superbPonton EMERITUS | September 14th 17

Lengthy blockbuster of hope for those that want to learn how to love again.

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5.0 classicmortifierftw | August 21st 17

I think Menzingers may still hold up as my AOTY but holy fuck is this album incredible. Little bit of the National, Titus Andronicus, Bruce Springsteen, Smith Street Band, the Pogues, and There Will Be Fireworks all in one to create something insanely ambitious and out of nowhere. Haven't felt this way about an album since the Monitor

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3.5 greatChris | August 18th 17

never wanted to nut to string sections this much in my life tbh

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3.5 greatTheManMachine | November 29th 17

Their stagy-n-sentimental nature is a considerable red flag, the ambition overtly overstated, 5+minute loquacities the norm and broken up with stringterludes that transmit waiting for a wedding to start. Gotta hand it to da gang, though: their drive is dogged and rather gorgeous and oh how notably amiable they are in anthemic mode. Intelligent and genuinely emotionally engaging enuff to almost make ya fret that Le'aupepe is too oft-mumbly to let em meld into the rock-band mainstream. Able to tackle wrestling with religion in a mature manner and go noisy and make gripping mantras outta shopworn positivities and seamlessly cop Journey. Corny and/or steep on the whole, but hey -- he's a "heart in the gutter type" with Springsteen in mind and Flowers for posture, Gang Green's the pastor, they're seemingly gunning for a punk rock opera of sorts. Ehh give em a break.

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5.0 classicSowingSeason STAFF | August 29th 17

This is probably the only release this year that has a legitimate chance to unseat Brand New for my personal AOTY.r

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3.5 greatVictor Silveira | August 26th 17

new the national album dropped earlier and no one told me

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4.5 superbdbizzles | August 18th 17

First experience with this band and I was completely blown away. Can't wait to check out some more stuff from these guys.

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4.0 excellentAspenshadow | September 5th 17

Great album but pretty bloated and at times it feels like they throw the kitchen sink at you stylistically. Some songs are majestic and huge, some are sensitive and intimate, and some are boring and cheesy. Also, pls stop using midi strings. Atlas Drowned is dope.

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4.0 excellenti dont think anyone here likes me very much lol | September 4th 17

man i love it when sputnik shows me cool shit id never find otherwise

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4.5 superbglorybox94 | August 18th 17

yeah my mind has just been completely blown. out of nowhere.

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5.0 classichogan900 CONTRIBUTOR | August 18th 17

As if there weren't enough albums running for AOTY

Edit: Yea this is my AOTY


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5.0 classicBigHans | August 18th 17

Mother of God this an achievement. I'm American as fuck, and I'm going to call this SUBLIME. And I don't use words like SUBLIME. But fuck this rules

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3.5 greatCugnoBrasso | December 3rd 17

This album has some very noteworthy highlights, but quite a few things that leave me unimpressed as well. It's very long, yes, and that's a good thing. It's very ambitious, and Gang of Youths are not to blame for this, indie rock needs ambition. The instrumental interludes and the arrangements were good, and the ambient-ish parts between the songs are part of what makes this record good, even if some songs occasionally feel purposefully outstretched. Composition-wise, they often decided to sacrifice the melody in favour of a dense stream of consciousness, like much folk music does. I don't have strong feelings toward this approach, but I tend to like it. However, if a record follows this logic, I would prefer if the lyrics were not a collection of motivational quotes. I don't want to disrespect what the lead singer went through, but I was immune to most of the unbridled positivity in the lyrics. That said, a 3.5 is not a 1, I liked the record and I will follow them from now on, and the expectations are high.

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3.0 goodnukethewhale | October 31st 17

Fuck violins and fuck the French language. Otherwise this is pretty decent. Coulda been an easy 4(+) with a little bit of quality control

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5.0 classicL0rdSnow | October 16th 17

This may be the greatest post-depression album ever. It is for me, anyway

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4.0 excellentGreyShadow | September 23rd 17

This is better than a 4 but I don't like 4.5ing things early.

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5.0 classicLRS94 | August 30th 17

Once I heard it all the way through for the first time, I could not exactly focus on the scarce details that make songs like the into of "the heart is a muscle" sound so personal and dripping with swagger. The ending and the beginning of the album make this the perfect package with sweet interludes of instrumentals ringing in. I'm honestly in awe of this band right now.

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