Gang Of Youths

"Go Farther in Lightness"

(Sony); (Pop/Rock)

By ​Phil ​Bennett

There are echoes of Springsteen’s earnest working class man fighting against the odds laced through this album as it traverses the big questions and the unanswerable puzzles of life in one sweeping epic journey of sound.

Vast and melodramatic, it is rock /pop music on a grand scale – grand gestures, rousing choruses, magnificent musicianship, vocals that slap you about the ears, and lyrics of strength and optimism, delivered with a preacher’s righteous vigour.

From the instrumentalinterludes providing breathing spaces between the more robust workouts, to the ascension from soft piano accompaniment to stadium rock guitar slashes and drum blasts, the album is filled with dynamics, theatre and heart pumping rock music that only few can manage to deliver with such attractive self-belief.

These guys are young and haven’t been around for very long – this is just their second album – but they have created a record that is weighty and deep whilst remaining easily accessible.

Whether it’s the beautiful softness of Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane, the pastoral string quartet backing of Achilles Come Down or the swelling, swirling album closer, Say Yes To Life, the songs grab your attention and simply refuse to loosen their grip.

Engrossing and difficult to ignore, Go Farther In Lightness is an album that will last the distance with its timeless messages and larger than life spirit seemingly growing and becoming ever more revealing with each listen.

Like a really really really long, interesting conversation with someone who can amuse, enthral and illuminate with effortless skill, this is a terrific album that is extremely difficult to find fault with.

Exceptional.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.