Monday, 9 July 2018

Yungblud: 21st Century Liability - Album Review

Yungblud 21st Century Liability Community Festival London Album Review

Unafraid of bringing back bratty British punk, Yungblud is an artist full of controversial opinions and a passion for becoming a voice to the unheard, unnoticed youth population. Swiftly climbing the ladder of success from his career start in 2017, he's built a fan base of misunderstood adolescents. Supporting Don Broco during the Technology tour, featuring a soundtrack in popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, performing at a range of festivals including Community Festival, and securing a place on stage for Reading and Leeds Festival, this angsty artist is making a mark in all the right places. Yungblud's first full album, 21st Century Liability, has now been released and contains 12 tracks heavily influenced by overarching topics including politics, sexual assault and mental health. This fresh, unique take on modern genre-blending alternative music is certainly worth tuning into...

Key Information:

Artist: Yungblud
Album: 21st Century Liability
Release Date: 06/07/2018
Genre: Underground Rap/Alternative Hip Hop
Similar Artists: Don Broco, Twenty One Pilots, The Clash
Recommended Tracks: Polygraph Eyes, Machine Gun (F**k The NRA), California

Track one of the album introduces Yungblud with great accuracy. Aptly named Eulogy, it features Dominic narrating his own send off with the lyrics "He just didn't give a fuck really, So the politicians killed him, He spoke far too loud". With a clear sense of his unconventional, rebellious act, this perfectly sets the tone for the tracks to come. Despite the seemingly somber sound you'd envisage from the serious issues targeted, it contradicts expectations quickly kicking into the upbeat tempo of Die For The Hype. Abandoning idealism in song-writing, reality takes priority in each Yungblud creation.

Listening to Machine Gun (F**k The NRA) and I Love You, Will You Marry Me, these two tracks distinctly draw attention to true stories and tragic cases affecting the world. With the first song focused on gun violence in the USA, it criticises the ironic arguments towards gun rights, alongside the undeserving fame and attention on criminals, particularly those with unhealthy mental states causing school shootings and other attacks. Combining fast beat, loud drums and varying vocal tempos, it's undeniably euphonic. The latter is inspired by a dark love story originating from Sheffield. By searching the 'I love you bridge' in your browser, you can discover the mysterious past of the graffiti which sparked one of the catchiest chorus' from the album. 

Sustaining the subject of romantic relationships, Polygraph Eyes was specifically written to begin discussions around sexual assault. Although it's one of the least energetic tracks from this bubbling, spirited album, this subtly accredits an under-rated power. Fitting perfectly with the nature of the song, it emphasises the severity of the need for recognition of consent, particularly when alcohol and alternative substances are involved. Taking an often unexplored approach, Yungblud portrays sexual offences as a narrative account, vocalising both the mental and physical aftermath of assault for victims.

Unsurprisingly, Psychotic Kids and California possess a similar theme of mental health in the nation's youth, whilst discussing the issue from two angles. Each lyric focuses on the misunderstood generation of millennials and young adults who are often blamed for societal problems such as drug abuse and anti-social behaviour. However, the key distinction between the tracks becomes clear in California, expanding into the ignorance of authoritative figures towards the opinions of adolescents. Aware of the levels of power abuse present in politics and everyday life, it preaches the hypocritical perspective which maintains control for the aristocrats. 

21st Century Liability is the last track on the album, channelling the concept of ageing and discovering the world without the sheltered protection provided to children. This high-pitched pop rhythm shines a light on learning resilience to the unpredictability of life, creating a great end to this controversial bold, raw mix of melodic tracks with an empowering message for the unconventional youth. Make sure to check out the album on Spotify, or pre-order it here


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