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Citizen: YouthYouth (2013)
Run For Cover Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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After Young States in 2011, I knew Citizen had immense potential. And now, this album shows just how much that was an understatement. Youth is Citizen's ripping take on the emo/melodic genre that plays remarkably off grunge and hardcore elements to make this ironically-titled album their most hard-h.
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After Young States in 2011, I knew Citizen had immense potential. And now, this album shows just how much that was an understatement. Youth is Citizen's ripping take on the emo/melodic genre that plays remarkably off grunge and hardcore elements to make this ironically-titled album their most hard-hitting effort to date.

"Roam The Room" sparks recollections of Daylight's Jar, coincidentally released by Run For Cover this year as well. This is just the tip of the iceberg as the album swells into more impressive territory as it goes on. Citizen have come a long way from their pop-punk grassroots, and even then I never found them as a fit into that genre. The evolution here rests on a brooding, detached outlook, which again surprises as their most mature material.

"The Summer" echoes the expansive, haunting tone of Youth and Mat Kereke's stories. There's so much pent-up angst that it's a bit disconcerting at times, but what he narrates is voluminous when backed by Nick Hamm and Ryland Oehlers on the guitars. Chalking up this newfound, promising aggression to Citizen's repertoire is pretty clear-cut when you realize that they're quickly right up there, and possibly surpassing, bands such as Make Do and Mend, Balance and Composure and Seaheaven. They even impress with dark-grafted inclinations akin to Title Fight and Daylight.

"The Night I Drove Alone" steals the album for me. It's pure heartbreak. 'I ran away from you / And now something's killing me / You hang me up like a souvenir / Of what I couldn't be / And I should have crashed the car when I was all alone / To escape from all I know' says it all. Fucking gut-wrenching. Kerekes lays it out bare and as deep as the lyrics cut, they powerfully resonate. The manner in which the track starts off slow, then dynamically builds to this explosive crescendo shows how much Kerekes holds in and is waiting to let loose on the mic. "Sleep" remonstrates the feeling of loss on the record and it's like Seahaven meets Manchester Orchestra in its lyrical and musical attack. The emotional, desolate feel is tremendous.

The pacing of Youth is near-flawless. It's a gloomy atmosphere but ambitious nonetheless. I never anticipated Citizen delivering something like this. Not for a lack of potential but because I never saw any creative template laid prior, that hinted otherwise. Halfway through 2013, and this record's one of the top 5 so far.

 

 
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Rodeo (July 26, 2013)

I would just like to point out that Seether wasn't founded until 2002, but I get the point.

Wolfparty:
'reminds me of the 90s, specifically the WORST bands of the 90s like seether."

KevinEleven (July 24, 2013)

I found this album a good progression from "Young States," which I also liked quite a bit.

mahalfy (July 23, 2013)

Floral Pink is what I call this album.

outlier (July 23, 2013)

I personality love this album. The amount of substance and creativity in "Young" is insane.

danwazz (July 23, 2013)

Surprised no one has mentioned the massive amounts of Brand New worship going on in this album. It's not a bad thing. The songs are still good, and the album has that gloomy, awkward, and melodramatic feeling of ones youth. Just though it is worth a mention.

Piata (July 23, 2013)

It's okay. Nothing really stands out.

strumz (July 23, 2013)

not good

Scruffy (July 23, 2013)

PShaw. I agree with the review. This record is phenomenal. I keep wondering when bands from the "emo revival" are going to remember that there was more to the genre than Cap'N Jazz, and then something like this (or Basement) comes along, where the members seem to draw more from Sunny Day, Jonah Matranga's various projects and the entirety of Deep Elm's late 90s roster. I fucking love it.

pleasantbullet (July 23, 2013)

I like it and it sounds good.

There's lots of other garbage out there that doesn't sound good.

I wouldn't go out and say they're are the best band ever.. but its good music.

thenewpope (July 23, 2013)

so bad. I almost heard a hint of Sunny Day Real Estate but that disappeared quickly into the abyss of radio suckage. What's next, a 3 Doors Down review?

kursk64 (July 22, 2013)

Geez, tough crowd. Will have a listen based on this.

davebrave4 (July 22, 2013)

Also, "the emo-melodic genre"? Grrrr.....

davebrave4 (July 22, 2013)

What's sad is that there are people out there wondering if this album's any good, searching for a review on Google, finding this review, and actually buying the album based on the review, unaware the whole time that a 9/10 review from Renaldo means absolutely nothing.

wolfparty (July 22, 2013)

' "Roam The Room" sparks recollections of Daylight's Jar, coincidentally released by Run For Cover this year as well. '

not really sure this is a coincidence any way

wolfparty (July 22, 2013)

seriously, this record is fucking garbage. i love run for cover, i think jeff does really awesome things, but this and the daylight and turnover records are really fucking stinking up their roster. boring, mid tempo, shit. reminds me of the 90s, specifically the WORST bands of the 90s like seether.

RenaldoIsMyHero (July 22, 2013)

All hail Renaldo

danperrone (July 22, 2013)

absolutely not. it sounds like the generic offspring of brand new and title fight. highly uninteresting.

EchosMyron (July 22, 2013)

I ran away from you / And now something's killing me / You hang me up like a souvenir / Of what I couldn't be / And I should have crashed the car when I was all alone / To escape from all I know'

Come on, son.

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