Young Modern [CD + DVD]
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Oz album release of the year! Includes LIMITED EDITION DVD & the single "Straight Lines"
With front man Daniel Johns at the helm, Silverchair refuses to do the same thing twice. When the Australian trio released their first album, Frogstomp, in 1995, they were merely 15 years old. Each new album since has been a dramatic departure from the last, and the band eventually shed their sticky grunge image with 2002s Diorama. A returning cast of producer Nick Launay (INXS, Talking Heads), mixer David Bottrill (Tool, Muse), and legendary composer Van Dyke Parks (U2, Beach Boys) coddled Young Modern--yet another completely different version of Silverchair. The lyrics are pensive, the melodies cathartic, and the music is distinctly refined. Having already proven his epic vocal ability, Johns appeals to more creativity and experimentation this time around. He retains his singing style, but at times he is reminiscent of AC/DC's Brian Johnson, at others of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Listeners will be shocked to learn that the upbeat opening track, "Young Modern Station," is the heaviest rock song on the record. "Straight Lines" is a celebratory pop fête, and "If You Keep Losing Sleep" makes Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" sound almost docile. Van Dyke Parks's renowned talent shines on the tracks with orchestral arrangements like "All Across the World" and the three-part epic "Those Thieving Birds." The entire album is seamless and offers new facets with each listen. Once again, Silverchair has clearly taken another giant step forward. --Jordan Thompson
Top customer reviews
I think this album was very misrepresented when they released 'Straight Lines' as the first single. That song really doesn't carry the same mood that the other songs do on the album - but I love the song!
It's really sad that so many can't appreciate this album. When people say it's too "pop", I can't believe they don't realize that this album has real instrumentation, complex composition, and lyrics that allow your mind to wander - which are things that modern pop music DOES NOT have. Plus, there is nothing wrong with pop if it's done well - which is exactly what Silverchair did with this album.
Young Modern is completely different from anything you have heard from Silverchair. I'm not too familiar with music prior to the 1980s but this has been compared to the music of the Beatles, Beach Boys, David Bowie. Silverchair is quite eclectic due to the genius that is Daniel Johns. Let me go off on a tangent here, Daniel Johns is the most underrated musician and an under appreciated singer. He has an amazing vocal range (prominently showcased on Diorama) and his voice has a beautiful tone. His falsetto is a highlight on this album but it is not overdone.
Like any really good album Young Modern has to grow on you. I had to listen to this album probably five times before the lyrics and instrumentation started to sink into my subconscious. At random times of the day I find certain songs running through my head and I have to hear it asap. My favorite tracks are Low, Young Modern Station, Straight Line, Waiting All Day, Insomnia and the amazing Those Thieving Birds 1/Strange Behaviour/ Those Thieving Birds 2. The melodies in this album are catchy and they will stick to you like glue (its rare to find an album with catchy melodies). The string arrangements, piano, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals (including backup female vocals) create an album that you can't stop playing.
This is a great album to play on a lazy summer day as you lay on a hammock sipping your drink of choice. It is fun and eclectic while managing to be mellow.
Silverchair is no longer a 90s grunge band. They have grown up and even though they have parted ways thank goodness they have graced us with amazing music. It wasn't until 1999's Neon Ballroom (a must have)that I realized Silverchair is more than a grunge band. Johns and the band don't aim for commercial success (if they did we wouldn't have their last three jewels). To sum it up they were always too talented to remain stagnant grunge has beens; its just that many people haven't taken notice of their evolution.
(5 star rating)
Track#1:5; Track#2:5; Track#3:4.9; Track#4:3.5(mellow); Track#5:4.9(its beautiful); Track#6:5!(BEST dance tune!); Track#7:4.9(mellow chris isaacs sound); Track#8:4.9(another great dance tune!); Track#9:5; Track#10:4.5; Track#11:5(i love to sing along to it)
This album makes me smile! It makes me happy, I get a good feeling every time I listen to it. It's a great driving around album, or just being around the house cleaning. It was well worth the money, and I'm glad I extened my Silverchair collection. They do something DIFFERENT every album, if you can't appreciate that, you can't be a true Silverchair fan. Their career is a great one, and I hope it only continues after this wonderfully crafted album!