Young Statuses "Young Statues"

By Cassandra Baim

TOP TRACK: "Spacism"

BOTTOM TRACK: "Half-Light"

2.5 Nancies

Pennsylvania trio Young Statues starts its debut album bright and sprightly with "Spacism." With adorable, almost pleading lyrics like, "I won't be another person's shoulder/you need somebody, call a friend," you immediately know the band's schtick—precious, but not too precious; longing, but not desperate. The lyrics sound introspective at first, but after 11 identically-styled songs, they quickly become tiring. The record strives for an earnest sound, but instead comes off as a group of young men hoping to bank on the previous success of sensitive indie-rock. It's a winning formula, but it has been done before, and better.

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