Young Legionaire / Crisis Works
Album: Crisis Works   Collection:General
Artist:Young Legionaire   Added:Apr 2011
Label:Wichita Recordings  

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Add Date: 2012-02-05 Pull Date: 2012-04-08
Week Ending: Feb 19
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1. Feb 15, 2012: Modern Donkey - I Want More
Nova Scotia

Album Review
Deniz Cebenoyan
Reviewed 2012-02-01
Young Legionnaire / “Crisis Works” / Wichita Recordings

London based trio lead by Gordon Moakes, bassist/backup singer of Bloc Party. Male vocals mid range, though often yelled, albeit occasionally melodically. Most songs consist of an uptempo beat, distorted guitars, and either yelled/strained vocals or that midrange emotional whiny British guy sound. Not saying that’s bad. It’s strange, some songs have these nice melodies/riffs embedded throughout, that for me get a little lost in the oft-frenetic sound, and frequent melody/beat changes. Still a solid record, they have a strong sound that’s a nice change from the usual indie rock. Nice use of heavy guitars and the occasional solo.

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Favorite tracks: 4, 5, 6, 9

1. 3:20 Frenetic fast tempo, heavy distorted guitar riff, yelled vocals, occasional scream. Thick guitars reminiscent of hard 90s rock, a la Pantera.
2. 3:21 Slight discordant sound, melodic harmonized vocals in chorus, guitar solo.
3. 5:16 Mid, super distorted plodding guitar, becomes sort of melodic/toe-tapping... heavily. Drags a bit though.
4. *3:50 Spoken voice in beginning, uptempo, cool chorus high/low vocals, a bit of a frantic sound on guitar and vocals. Kinda cool though.
5. *3:29 Uptempo, nice short motif/melody that gets repeated, awesome distorted guitar solo at end.
6. *4:44 Starts slow, picks up midtempo, rolling drums, vocals a bit emo, nice guitar melody at 3:20. Pretty solid throughout.
7. 3:31 Straightforward rock, uptempo melody, nice harmonies on chorus.
8. 3:23 Vocals sound a bit strained on this one, repetitive guitar, background male harmonies in chorus.
9. *3:50 Mid-uptempo, distorted guitars, chorus is quite catchy despite a nondescript verse. Last 30 seconds random acoustic resounding piano??
10. 3:32 Harsh sounding guitar chords, reminiscent of a punk band that would get radio play and no indie cred.
11. 3:07 The usual, distorted guitars, mid-uptempo. Many different melodies, not too cohesive. Spoken thoughts on sex and death at end.
12. 3:26 Uptempo, distorted guitars, two male voices occasionally, kind of catchy at times, but not much.

Deniz Cebenoyan

Track Listing
1. Twin Victory   7. These Arms
2. Numbers   8. Blood Dance
3. Chapter, Verse   9. Nova Scotia
4. Even The Birds   10. Morgage Rock
5. Black Lions   11. Young Salute
6. A Hole In The World   12. Futures Finished