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Young Modern is WEIRD. Daniel knows it - he over-warbles and tinges his voice with self mockery. Quirky noises and backing vocals take the place of loud guitar sounds. He's stopped taking himself so seriously - and the results are akin to a band going 'Wheeeee!'
By coincidence or on purpose, the first single, Straight Lines, is by far the straightest song on the album. It's very pretty, and comes complete with singable verse, singable chorus, and singable bridge. The rest of the tracks sound like impish tree monkeys throwing nuts at normal music. I can't separate songs so well here - it's a massive casserole of awesomeness. Daniel still loves to write songs with two or three key changes per verse, but this time the entire mood changes with it, swerving from sentimental to ridiculous and back again. The band can still play about ten different genres, but here they do it all in the same song instead of alternating during the tracklist.
The thing that always bugged me about Neon Ballroom is that the heavy songs all sound like filler. The ones on Diorama are better, but they still feel like a `break' from the real music. On Young Modern, there is no break. It's fluctuous acrobatics all the way through. This is the band that put flutes in the middle of `Dearest Helpless' and joyful `doo doo doo's into the refrain of `Luv Your Life'.Read more ›
So if you're still rockin' at 56 and you've got the time to invest in a CD that will, after a few listens pay you back in divine dividends, then "Young Modern" is for you. McCartney oughta listen to this.
The last time Silverchair graced us with Diorama, the band was caught in a fork in the road. The album went from beautiful soundscapes of "The Greatest View" and "Tuna in the Brine" to bass heavy efforts like "One Way Mule" and "The Lever". The heavier songs seemed to weigh down the album's flow. Young Modern, while a softer effort, is still more varied and experimental than Diorama. Right from the get go, "Young Modern Station" and first U.S. single "Straight Lines" are great examples of tight songwriting and cohesiveness within a band. The album really struck me with it's string arrangements on songs like the McCartney-esque "If You Keep Losing Sleep". If I were to showcase the new album's sound through one song it would be here.
What the band does really well is pacing of the album. The moment the listener thinks that the band is going too experimental, the band brings them back down to earth. Note songs like "Reflections of a Sound" and "The Man Who Knows Too Much", which both follow the album's more moodier and atmospheric tracks.Read more ›
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I was a big Frogstomp fan, but I will admit I did not follow Silverchair after that. So, no, I'm not a Silverchair superfan, I'll admit it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Newman
The artistry conducted by Daniel and Van Dyke Parks is just pure magic. 'Those Thieving Birds' and 'If You Keep Losing Sleep' have a very unique spirit in their orchestration and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cathy
One of, if not the, BEST bands to come out of this era - no more really needs to be said.Published on April 14, 2014 by Matt C.
I basically got this to fill out my Silverchair collection, but should've known better. I feel like their stuff went downhill at the Neon Ballroom album. Read morePublished on February 25, 2014 by tom
This album takes off where Diorama left off in a good way. Each song fits perfectly while all having unique twists to them. Read morePublished on September 3, 2013 by Katie Cobain
I first listened to this CD years ago, and would listen to it over and over again. I don't listen to a lot of music compared to most people, but I think I have generally good... Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by Ben
I love silverchair, so I can't say anything negative about them. I will say if you are stuck in 1995 and still want "Frogstomp" this album is not for you. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Wanderingstar
I'm really hoping Silverchair decides they need to recoup and end their indefinite hibernation. Young Modern was their last release and went largely unnoticed by me in 2007 and I... Read morePublished on September 11, 2012 by LuvurLife