The Young Republic - 12 Tales From the Winter City
- Malcolm Jack
- 17 January 2008
(End of the Road)
It’s a rare thing to have to turn the term ‘genre defying’ against a band, but in the case of Boston octet The Young Republic there’s little alternative. Although rich in melody, texture and skilled playing (all eight members are classically trained musicians), the band’s debut album comes from far too many different directions for its own good.
‘Girl in a Tree’ sounds like defunct urban folkies Hefner; ‘Girl From the Northern States’ lolls feyly à la Belle and Sebastian; ‘She Comes and Goes’ could be Arcade Fire on a rare upper. All stuffed into one record, it makes for a bit of a muddle.