Baldy Longhair (2014)
Alive and Well is a record I have really been meaning to pick up for quite some time. I have been a big fan of The Young Leaves since their great album Life Underneath came out on the equally great Drunken Sailor records a few years back. But, for one reason or another, I just kept putting off buying this record. Finally, when I was perusing an Insound vinyl blowout sale, I stumbled across The Young Leaves on their list and snatched it up right away.
You probably can't really see from the picture I took because it's subtle, but the vinyl is pretty cool looking. It's dark blue with just the slightest traces of gold mixed in. Though It's not the rarest variant, it's probably the coolest looking one if you ask me.
Musically, The Young Leaves pick up right where they left off. Big, hook-filled guitar pop songs that lean towards the Dinosaur Jr.s end of the indie rock spectrum. Vocally I'm reminded quite a bit of the Swedish band Starmarket and I think that The Young Leaves also manage to capture similar energy in their songs. Whether it's one of their slower, more straight-forward tracks like ""There Was A Ghost Inside Of Me" or one of the faster, dynamic ragers like "Drowning Pool" or "Holliston," the songs are just soaked in a contagious enthusiasm. Translation; they're just really catchy and a lot of fun to listen to.
I regret taking so long to finally pick this record up, but I assure you that I'm going to spend some quality time with it on my turntable to make up for that.
The Young Leaves - Alive and Well: