After getting a taste of what Blitz Kids were capable of with their 2012 mini album, Never Die, the expectations for their first full length with Red Bull Records were high. Being completely honest? The Good Youth excelled past those expectations by a long shot. One of the first albums of the year, could easily be THE album of the year.
All I Want Is Everything, opens the album with an empowering song that soars in all the right places. Gang vocals are something Blitz Kids do magnificently: nothing creates a sense of comradery quite like gang vocals. Run For Cover keeps the pace going and is followed swiftly by On My Own. The lyrics pull at the heartstrings, pleading the listener, “Don’t leave me on my own, I’m difficult I know, I really need a chance to be someone” – which are entirely relatable for many listeners. It’s a great example of the unique quality that Blitz Kids have as a band – where they manage to convey a sense of absolute honesty and sincerity which their audience are able to empathise with.
Song number four (added to a playlist on YouTube by none other than Miley Cyrus, FYI) is Sometimes, a funky track that deserves to be blasted and danced along to. After that dance fest you’ll be relieved when Keep Swinging and Long Road slow the pace of the album, with some dramatic building moments that will have you swaying from side to side in your computer chair.
Sold My Soul brings some angst and grit to the record and is followed by perhaps the bounciest song of the whole bunch. Perfect demands attention and rightly so – the music is pounding and to put it bluntly, it’s catchy as hell. Pinnacle once again slows the pace and features faint female vocals which add an eerie layer to the song. Next up is, Title Fight, which brings some of the most powerful and poignant lyrics on the album, “I invented my own hell and now I suffer”, accurately reflects upon the suffering felt by those dealing with issues of anxiety. It’s not necessarily uplifting, but again shows that familiar quality Blitz Kids are able to communicate with their audience.
Roll The Dice and The Sound Of A Lost Generation round off this spectacular piece of work in style. More gang vocals and and emotive performances leave audiences on a high and probably googling tour dates. Here’s to your future, Blitz Kids – with an album like this under your belts, it looks nothing but bright.