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The Young Playthings

This second album, darker and more playful in equal measure, sees them brimming with song-writing self-assurance.

When the cheery jingle jangle opener, Bateman, gives way to the fractured heart and beat of "Y Don’t You Like Me", it’s immediately apparent that The Young Playthings have grown in confidence and lost none of their quirky melodic charm. Two years ago, their debut release, 'Who Invented Love', perfectly straddled that difficult bridge between their native Britishness and a heartfelt love of West Coast US punk pop. This second album, darker and more playful in equal measure, sees them brimming with song-writing self-assurance. Less jangle heavy, the London/Oxford/Kent union are at ease to strip down songs, change rhythms at will, and fearless of throwing in a disco pop groove here, or a bouncy rap there ("All About Urgyan Mueller", "Some Badness Goes On").??Always lyrically fascinating, 'Back to the Future' tells tales of bodies dragged from the Thames ("Some Badness Goes On"), Facebook bringing old friends together ("All About Urgyan Mueller") the impossibly happy disco funk of "I like Yr Name In My Blackberry" paying homage to an ex (and still pined for) love, and the nuisance of growing old in the quaintly observed "The Valves and the Pumps". ??The Young Playthings, essentially, retain their UK-US punk inspired core, with their brittle hearts and eccentric minds beautifully in tact. They continue to wave their trans Atlantic flag in their own unique style, with an added shot of self-confidence – and without ever compromising a cracking tune.


- Rob Barnett, Music News