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Young Punx – All These Things Are Gone | Album Review

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The Young Punx‘ third album ‘All These Things Are Gone‘ draws inspiration from a myriad of places. They have honed their style since their arrival in 2003 to create a dance album that oozes enthusiasm and energy while expressing a dissatisfaction for the state of the current dance scene and pop-culture. This is achieved through their deeply rooted themes of history, culture and feelings and presenting them with vivid artistic flare.

At the core of the album is the track ‘All These Things Are Gone‘; a 14-minute journey through a range of soundscapes inspired by the likes of 90’s House artist St Etienne, held together by a computerised monologue listing things that seem to have nothing in common with each other than they are no longer around i.e The Cold War and virginity. This track serves as an anchor for the main ideas behind the album, from which the other tracks extend into more deeper, focused explorations. It is a pleasant listening experience that shifts through moods and tempos that are mostly welcomed. However I found the latter part of the song strayed too far musically for me to appreciate the song as a whole but rather as a number of smaller tracks woven together.

Harlem Breakdown and Kowloon Kickback are examples of historical representation through the sampling of their own recordings of period specific equipment and splicing the hell out of their own samples. The result are two of the most fun tracks on the album, with my personal favourite being Kowloon Kickback for it’s energetic 30’s big band drum blows and Harlem Breakdown with it’s 70’s inspired rhythmic Jazz and Funk bass line.

Supersonic and Heart Of The Night focus more on 1980’s synth pop, with the former taking the shape of an energetic ballad and the latter a moody, melancholic disco beat. It seems to me that in attempting to recreate a sound from the past they are commenting on pop-culture. They aren’t saying that the past was better but rather that the present attitude doesn’t look for context or meaning in its art. It merely focuses on what is fashionable.

I did find that the song Detonate lacked in a similar exploration of ideas as the other tracks on the album, I also really didn’t like listening to it. But that matters little when considering the rest of its content. I really like The Young Punx‘ attention to detail in their latest release, not only in production value but in its rich context. It is refreshing to hear music that is so fun, bubbling and danceable but also conveys a number of strong ideas about history, art and dance music itself.

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