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[All The Young] – Welcome Home (Review)

[All The Young], Welcome Home

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

[ALL The Young] are being hailed as one of the big new hopes for the guitar-driven rock band. Hence, debut album Welcome Home is chock full of guitar-driven records that hark back to a time when electronics were the reserve of the pop and dance worlds.

And there’s certainly an old-school, traditional approach to their song-writing, too, which recalls the kitchen sink honesty of bands like Manic Street Preachers and co.
But while certainly rousing in places, anthemic in others, and displaying a keen ear for melody throughout, there’s also something samey about a lot of their material.

It’s honest, reliable, heartfelt but unspectacular for a lot of the time.

Produced by GGGArth Richardson (of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro fame) and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, My Chemical Romance), it’s as technically assured as you might expect but still light on genuinely killer tracks.

There’s plenty of signs of potential though, especially during the album highlights. New Education, for instance, is a genuine crowd-pleaser that’s catchy in all the right ways, complete with background ‘who oh’ harmonising and a rousing guitar riff, while Arcane boasts one of the best choruses on the LP.

The First Time opens with a solid, reverb coated guitar riff that suggests a meaty, grungy rocker akin to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club before opting for a more melodic, crisper approach to the riffs. But it’s still a solid fan pleaser that’s full of rallying-style choruses.

And title track Welcome Home has an epic sense of grandeur about it that recalls the slower-building, brooding style of Noel Gallagher-sung Oasis, complete with towering riffs and a powerhouse chorus. It ends the album on another positive note and suggests bright things lie in store.

But at other moments, there’s a workmanlike quality surroundings songs like Quiet Night In, Here To Stay and Today that’s competent, even lively, but merely OK. Or perhaps that it reminds you a little too much of other guitar-driven indie-rock bands that have done the same thing slightly better… as in the appealing Chase , which still nevertheless recalls the far better Slide Away by Oasis.

Like we said, [All The Young] have delivered a solid debut that bodes well for the future and which marks a welcome return for the guitar-based indie rock sound. We’re just not getting too carried away.

Download picks: New Education, Arcane, Welcome Home, The First Time

Track listing:

  1. Another Miracle
  2. Today
  3. The First Time
  4. New Education
  5. The Horizon
  6. Quiet Night In
  7. Chase
  8. Here To Stay
  9. Arcane
  10. Welcome Home