Young and Divine - Young and Divine
Record Label: None
Release Date: November 20, 2008
Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount are two very prominent producers in today's music scene with an ears for catchy hooks and sing along choruses. They have helped produce albums from the likes of Mayday Parade, Every Avenue, Holiday Parade, and Hit The Lights. Their latest release is from New York hopefuls Young and Divine, with their self-titled debut album.
From the beginning of the album, it's easy to figure out that Young and Divine have quite the penchant for hooks, as well as crystal clear production to match. The opening track, "Bonus Track," rolls in with guitar and fast drums that match the fast track lyrics and instantly memorable chorus. Certainly they can do no wrong from the looks of this track.
The next track that truly stands out on its own comes a little while after, with the song "Weakdays." From the second this begins, it shows that Young and Divine have a lot of potential to make it in the radio rock realm. With instantly catchy vocal delivery, and a strong chorus that propels the song out of the stratosphere, this is the song that obviously embodies single potential, and can attract the most attention for the band.
Something Young and Divine are good at doing is balancing out their palette to reach every possible audience. Their album is diverse in that it consists of electronically infused songs, more straight-forward rock songs, and slow piano and acoustic guitar driven tracks. This makes for a strong eclectic listen, where every track shifts into something different. This eliminates a lot of potential filler that this debut could have been littered with.
Although this album should deserve a lot of praise for being so downright catchy and easy to listen to, it's hard not to get a little tired of the same subject matter being covered time after time. Parties, girls, and all that jazz seems to be a frequent topic for the boys in Young and Divine. Seeing how young they are though, how can you blame them for singing about this? It's all we really know at that time in our lives.
To conclude, it's obvious to see that Young and Divine are on their way to big things in the future. With a debut filled with hook after hook, and a strong sound that jumps all over the board, it's easy to suppose that this band is a perfect example of label material. It seems like the production duo of Zack and Kenneth have done it again, crafting a strong, catchy, body of work. Time will only tell how divine they get while they're still young.