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2002
| BS 089
$7.95

Young Criminals' Starvation League

A fascination with early 70's classic country, and some gen-u-ine Nashville soul, but also delivers a quick sucker punch to the past through literate, biting songwriting.

Full Description

A post-punk platter of psychedelic melancholy.

Young Criminals' Starvation League flirts with Beatles-like harmonies, a fascination with early 70's classic country, and some gen-u-ine Nashville soul, but also delivers a quick sucker punch to the past through literate, biting songwriting.

What emerges is a smarter, softer, but somehow still menacing Bobby Bare Jr. The backing talents of folks like  Paul Burch, Paul Niehaus (Calexico), Carey Kotsonis, Tony Crow and a smooth horn section give it a vibe that gets under your skin and will have you howling at the moon. Some of these songs and melodies bore into your brain like a diamond scalpel. The amps might not be as loud, but that's so you can hear the words.

From the first track, the hangdog you'll be back, you'll see "I'll Be Around," with those Stax horns (and the hummable hook of a lifetime) straight through to the casually desperate Shel Silverstein "Painting Her Fingernails, YCSL is a work of dazzling diversity, originality and wonder.

The keen-edged lyricism is both funny and poignant-the best humor is born of pain, remember.  "Flat-Chested Girl From Maynardville"'s  small town lament wouldn't be out of place in a collection by a modern day Flannery O'Connor, and "Dig Down" mourns that all the good ideas in music have used up, goddammit.  The jumpy take on the Smiths' "What Difference Does It Make" fits right in here, irony-free.

The back to back roundhouses "Mehan" and "Bullet Through My Teeth," well, wow, is all we can say.

This album will sit in rotation on whatever device you use for repeated listens, unfurling little morsels of musical magic each time. 

CHOICE CUTS:
I'll Be Around
Mehan
Dig Down
Painting Her Fingernails

 

 

Short Description
  • A refreshing and exhilarating offering, one brimming with irresistible hooks and infectious melodies that make a daunting impression even on first hearing. YCSLputs Bare in a league of his own

    — Amplifier
  • A surprisingly stunning set of songs which show off a skill and depth that were only hinted at on his earlier albums. In a lackluster musical year full of hype and hollowness, YCSL is a subtle tour de force.

    — Nashville Rage
  • Without necessarily trying, he's figured out how to match the energy of punk rock with the lyrical sophistication of classic country.

    — No Depression
  • This oddball gem of a solo project offers a surprise with practically every cut. Where his Bare Jr. band typically scorches its way through Southern-fried rock, frontman Bobby Bare Jr. here takes a quieter and stranger approach.

    — amazon.com

Track List

  • 1. I'll Be Around
  • 2. Flat Chested Girl from Maynardville
  • 3. Mehan
  • 4. Bullet Through My Teeth
  • 5. The Monk At The Disco
  • 6. Dig Down
  • 7. What Difference Does It Make
  • 8. The Ending
  • 9. untitled
  • 10. Stay In Texas
  • 11. Painting Her Fingernails

Listen

On Tour

Apr
07
2015

@ Sunset Tavern
Seattle, WA

Apr
08
2015

@ The Green Frog
Bellingham, WA

Apr
10
2015

@ House Party
San Francisco, CA

Apr
30
2015

@ The Lift
Dubuque, IA

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