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The Sun - Blame It on the Youth Review
by Eric Bodrero

Note: This review is of the advance CD version of the album. After those were sent out, Warner Bros decided to release this album as a DVD audio disc.

This Columbus, Ohio four piece has certainly made the buzz machine busy lately. Vocalist Chris Burney and gang have taken garage rock and glorified it with cool, charismatic anthems, electronic programming, and guitar driven fuzz rock that collide with bass-rich hooks and sometimes screaming, sometimes soothing vocals gushing with raw energy. With help from producer Ben Hillier (Elbow, Blur, Doves) and John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Hot Hot Heat), The Sun deliver a big rock sound complete with plenty of bells and whistles, while keeping Burney's clever songwriting in tact.

Whether intentional or not, many influences can be heard here, including bits and pieces of Bright Eyes, Modest Mouse, Violent Femmes, Blur, Pixies and some Pavement, for good measure. Still, The Sun manages to make every song sound like nothing you've ever heard before, and each track take unexpected twists and turns that make it undistinguishable from all others, and taking this manic "rollercoaster ride" approach makes listening to Blame It on the Youth an extremely satisfying experience.

Release Date: September 27, 2005

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The Sun - Blame It on the Youth

Label:Warner Bros

Track Listing:
1. Must Be You 
2. Say Goodbye 
3. Justice 
4. Romantic Death 
5. 2B4 
6. Lost At Home 
7. Waiting On High 
8. Rockstop 
9. We Tried 
10. Pavement Jive 
11. These Heights 
12. Taking The Lords Name In Vein 
13. Lose Your Money 
14. Valentine 

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