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Skeleton Jar

Youth GroupAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Youth Group - the widely-heralded Sydney-based rock outfit - will release its 2nd U.S. studio album, for the Anti Label on January 23, 2007. Casino Twlight Dogs, produced by Wayne Connolly (The Vines, You Am I), and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Guided By Voices), is the follow up to last year's critically acclaimed Skeleton Jar, and comes at a particularly exciting time for Youth ... Read more in Amazon's Youth Group Store

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B0008FPITK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shadowland
2. Skeleton Jar
3. Lillian Lies
4. The Frankston Line
5. Baby Body
6. See-Saw
7. Drowned
8. Last Quarter
9. Someone Else's Dream
10. Why Don't The Buildings Cry?
11. Piece Of Wood

Editorial Reviews

Sporting a hearty endorsement from emo-rock hero Chris Walla, the debut record from Australia’s Youth Group is extremely easy to like. It’s sunny and sad like all good emo, as lead singer/songwriter Toby Martin’s melodies float around in a hazy kind of heartache. Sounding a bit (as you might expect) like Death Cab For Cutie, with a side of early James and a dash of Coldplay, Skeleton Jar isn’t perfect; there’s a sameness of structure and tempo, and you get the sense Walla shaved off one too many rough edges in the studio. Still, Martin writes with warmth and intelligence, and the band is limber enough to tackle a range of textures and emotions, dealing equally well with quick, bright choruses ("Shadowland") and more extended dramas (the lovely "See-Saw"). A promising release. – Matthew Cooke

Product Description

One of Australia's most quietly adored bands stand ready to roar...Youth Group have the pop of The Posies, the articulate desire of The Red House Painters and Death Cab for Cutie, the rock of The Pixies, and the angst of Bright Eyes. 'Skeleton Jar' is the band's second album and the talents of singer/songwriter/guitarist Toby Martin shine through on this album like a beacon. Highly emotive lyrics navigate their way across varied landscapes of pop, folk, and rock terrain with his uniquely pure voice. From the haunting singles 'Skeleton Jar' and 'Shadowland' to live favourites 'See-Saw' and 'Piece Of Wood', Youth Group present an eclectic feast with a darker and less poppier approach. Includes the brand new track 'Someone Else's Dream' and very notable new packaging!

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album of 2005 so far June 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm so glad other people are picking up on this wonderful 2nd album by Youth Group - it has been documented that the band have had plenty of internal problems and changes the good news is that this does not in anyway detract or impede their music.

Perhaps this album will sit better with Americans than Brits - simply because our market is filled with vapid 'tunes' like Crazy Frog and you Americans still have some taste in music. Youth Group takes me back to a time in the early-to-mid 1990's where there was some wonderful music made both sides of the Atlantic.

It has also been suggested that Youth Group sound like the wonderful late and lamented British band James mainly due to the singer Toby Martin's vocals and melancholic lyrics - although there are a couple of songs here that would fit on a James album - perhaps Skeleton Jar and Someone Else's Dream would?

I can also hear The Charlatans in there on 'The Franksten Line' and See-Saw both fairly epic sounding songs especially the latter. Fans of Coldplay and Death Cabs for Cutie should check this album out - but any fans of folk/indie/rock would like this.

Other reviews criticse the generalistic sound this album has - although I would argue that this means the album has a more 'complete' feel. I think the magic wears off slightly after See-Saw but it is marginal.

My favourite songs are Shadowlands - the best one word chorus sing James 'Crash' or 'Come Home' with some chimy guitars slightly reminiscent of U2 - the music is more sparse however and the arrangement is lovely and less dense than some of U2's latest works. I also have to say that 'Lilian lies' has a quality of that missed New Zealand band Crowded House - so it isnt hard to see how many people would like this record.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The Australian indie rock band Youth Group definitely made a great album with this year's "Skeleton Jar". Though it's not a classic by any means, as a whole it's consistent and even has a couple (lesser) hitworthy tracks (most notably "Shadowland" and "Someone Else's Dream"). The singer verges on being unlikable, but he pulls himself back into the realm of mass appeal. You would never guess that these guys are Australian, because the singer especially sounds American. The album is distinctly indie rock with not too much creativity instrumention-wise, but you won't care about that in the end. Though there are songs that are clearly better than others, "Skeleton Jar" thankfully has no filler. It even manages to be emotional and atmospheric on occasion (I'm not sure how to explain this well, though). Every track here is good. I didn't like it all on the first listen, but it grew on me (so be warned!). It might not be for everyone, but indie rock fans will probably like it a lot! Highly recommended!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars really'll have it on repeat. March 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
havent you heard? these guys are like, totally hot right now!!!!omg they had a song on the o.c.!!!!! just kidding.

but seriously despite the fact that they are being idolized by the irritating pseudo indie faction, these guys write some really good songs. the singer has a voice that recalls robert smith from the cure and the songs are all well constructed and cohesive. I especially like the song "shadowland" and the pixies style riff and background shouting on the song "last quarter". some of the songs seem to be about alot of the same things though. there are two songs that seem to be about women with low self-esteem riding on buses. also the singers voice is so mellow and sensitive sounding that when he swears on "why dont the buildings cry" instead of letting you feel his rage it just sounds kind of funny(another low point is that "why dont the buildings cry" is a really stupid name for a song). but overall this is a strong release from a promising new band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Skeleton Key August 31, 2013
By Paradyn
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They is not much you can say, it is a good album, I love the songs and as you listen some time you can feel when it was writing what the writer may of been thinking by the works writing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING March 9, 2013
By Denise
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I purchased this album for 1 song and I love the song. The album didn't do it for me. My opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!! March 5, 2013
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I heard the song skeleton jar on a compilation cd I had and loved it so I decided to take a gamble and get the whole cd. So glad I did! There isn't a bad song on it!! I will definitely be checking out more of their other albums!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars youth rocks February 22, 2008
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I came across this disc after I got their new twilight dogs...this is as good as their second or is it third disc...there is an older disc available as an import on amazon...I plan on buying it in a week or so...all the songs on this disc are good to great...if you like good rock with a beat and melody pick up this one...I forgot to mention they are from australia. get the others too...bob revai
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