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Ritter: Youth vs YouYouth vs You (2008)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Having favorably reviewed Ritter's last release, the 2004 EP Six Degrees of Variation, the band was more than excited to pass along a copy of what seems to be their first release since that time. Youth vs You is their long-time-coming debut full-length, and unfortunately doesn't hit quite as hard as.


Having favorably reviewed Ritter's last release, the 2004 EP Six Degrees of Variation, the band was more than excited to pass along a copy of what seems to be their first release since that time. Youth vs You is their long-time-coming debut full-length, and unfortunately doesn't hit quite as hard as its predecessor.

Less dynamic and a little more poppy than Variation, Ritter often sounds like a band indebted to Over It's "forbidden beat" days, and, to a much lesser extent, Strung Out. However, aside from occasional moments of satisfying melodic punk (see much of the opening title track, or the chorus of "Burky"), Youth vs You is largely forgettable and unenjoyable despite the fair amount of variation present. In fact, a few moments are downright baffling: The piano and harmony-laced intro, as well as its layered chorus, of "A Day of Reckoning" borders on thoughts of Simple Plan, while the rest of the track bears weakly growled vocals and chugging guitars that recall a thinner Identity Crisis-era Thrice (this latter comparison pops up here and there throughout the rest of the album -- see "Tampered Souls" if you're not convinced). The juxtaposition is just unsettling.

In fact, the second half may be largely responsible for the album's faults. Nary is there a compelling moment here, with nothing that grabs the listener and makes them want to sing along or reveal impressions made at a guitar riff or transition -- maybe they'll give some patronizing head nodding, but that's at best.

Knowing Ritter is capable of much better than producing third-rate early 21st century Lobster Records material, Youth vs You is disappointing. Nearly four years in the making, the album is just overcooked, and shows why Jump Start Records perhaps passed on affixing their name to the back of the CD case like they so proudly beared on Variation's.

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damnitsderek (March 11, 2008)

The only Ritter I know is a complete douche, which is leading me to completely dismiss this album without listening to it.

Sometimes, it actually takes me some motivation to go listen to a band whose name I really abhor. I don't know if that's strange or not, but a good name warrants a quicker listen for me.

Inspection12e (March 9, 2008)

Josh Ritter > Ritter

icapped2pac (March 8, 2008)

I checked out their myspace page, and I loved their line about how the "scene" is more like a fashion show in "Once Hopeful...". I got an Alternative Press subscription recently (having read nothing but their most recent Jimmy Eat World interview and simply because Maxim & Stuff got boring and I need something to read on the can), and that thought has occurred to me many times as I page through the ads. The image shit is getting way out of control, damn near Poison/Enuff Z'Nuff/Cinderella-era level. I guess you could say this is the second wave of "hair bands".

If my girlfriend didn't live with me and I had a bachelor pad, by now I probably would've used an All Time Low or The Maine ad to wipe my ass and then put it up on the fridge.

Hey_Asshole (March 8, 2008)

John Ritter > Ritter

Big_Guy (March 8, 2008)

I don't know, from the songs on their myspace, it sounds pretty decent.

I think this is the first band I ever saw live back in the day

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