The Young Veins - Take A Vacation!

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The Young Veins
Take A Vacation!
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Popularity and success, like cocaine, can alter your perspective on life. When Panic! At The Disco, the forerunners of the prominent Wentz-pop wave of the mid-00’s, released Pretty. Odd. - their follow-up to the successful phenomenon that was A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out - fans were left somewhat bemused and estranged. The band’s renowned synth-tinged intensity, illustrious hooks, and teenage thrill were traded for a vivacious and jaunty, albeit polarizing and occasionally fruitless approach to folk-pop. Such a stylistic shift was unusual, drawing comparisons to The Beatles (on a bad day, though), but the album still retained some aspects of the four-piece’s appeal. The development of creative differences caused panic however, and guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker left the band, who restored the infamous exclamation mark thereafter. Concurrently, the departed duo employed three further musicians and formed The Young Veins.

Totaling at a mere 29 minutes, the quintet’s debut Take A Vacation! is a futile and vain effort at reliving the glory of 60’s pop-connoisseurs such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys. In fact, it is even inferior to Pretty. Odd., lacking the instrumental animation and vocal vibrancy of its predecessor. With production from Rob Mathes (Pretty. Odd., The Academy Is…, Butch Walker) and Phantom Planet vocalist Alex Greenwald, the band strive to generate a jovial and natural atmosphere, abolishing modern, digitalized methods of production. However, the result is a lethargic and uninspired collection of naïve pop songs centered around themes of absent-minded love and excessively riddled with clichés.

Opener “Change” - an obvious slur towards their old bandmates - appears as a well arranged, borderline-catchy effort, and is followed by celebratory and jubilant title-track “Take A Vacation!”. The album’s simple formula of spluttering guitars taking center stage, classic-esque pianos providing the backdrop, and the rest dabbling in light percussion, is established, but its vocal monotony and unimaginative lyrics are also introduced. Take "Cape Town" for example, where Ross sings “took you in the vineyard / a couple hours after I met you / didn’t need my passport / said I’d let you keep it forever”, or the complacent and capricious “Young Veins (Die Tonight)”, which murmurs “it’s our job to lose our minds every night”. While Ryan Ross commands the record's lyrics and a majority of the vocals, John Walker leads the dispassionate and somewhat weightless “Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won’t”, and the dreamy “Everyone But You”, but to no avail, as, like Ross, his vocal range is pitifully limited. Having a singer that can sing in a prerequisite for a successful band. As the album continues, quality decreases further, with the fruitless “The Other Girl”, tiresome "Defiance" and the exhausted "Lie To The Truth".

The Young Veins' debut effort spotlights several things; the band's aimless youth and naivety; their longing to bring back nonchalant, summer-themed classic-pop; but ultimately, their lack of talent. Contrary to what they believe, change isn’t always good, and consequently, The Young Veins have crafted a one-dimensional attempt at replicating their parents’ music tastes. Maybe the band should heed their own advice, and 'take a vacation'? Or rejoin Panic - then we'll talk.

1. Change
2. Take a Vacation!
3. Cape Town
4. Maybe I Will, Maybe I Won’t
5. Young Veins (Die Tonight)
6. Everyone But You
7. The Other Girl
8. Dangerous Blues
9. Defiance
10. Lie To The Truth
11. Heart Of Mine

The Young Veins are an indie rock band from Topanga, California. The band is comprised of Ryan Ross and Jon Walker, two former members of the Las Vegas band Panic! At the Disco, along with bassist Andy Soukal (robot love story), drummer Nick Murray (The Black Apples, Rose for Bohdan, Foreign Born), and keyboardist Nick White (Tilly and the Wall, Bright Eyes).

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