The Young Ones – Stanley Boulevard
Contra Records / LSM Vinyl
The Young Ones are at it... again! Because with “Stanley Boulevard” the lads from 043 already deliver their fourth release since the band’s resurrection little over five years ago! But more importantly... “Stanley Boulevard” is The Young Ones’ second full-length album, nearly 15(!) years after their last – “Out With The Bois” (for KB Records) – time flies!
Especially when you’re having fun, and that is exactly what The Young Ones are having! I surely mentioned this in one – or all – of my previous reviews on this killer band, but their love for the sound of the streets always reflects in the band’s recordings and surely “Stanley Boulevard” is no exception! Even more so, I reckon this LP to be their best work to date!
Released by Contra Records and LSM Vinyl on either black vinyl, red vinyl with white splatter or clear vinyl with black and white splatter, the wax rotates at 45 revolutions per minute for maximum power! So despite being a full-length – with a total of ten tracks – it’s still relatively short, but nonetheless the fun will last forever as you’ll be flipping this record over and over again!
From opener – and title-track – “Stanley Boulevard” to the well performed cover of Menace’s “Last Years Youth” these lads manage to impress with boisterous, rebel-rousing tracks that are – as always – highly influenced by the Cockney Rejects, but this time around also by “newer” British bands such as Crown Court and The Chisel! Hell, even the front man of the latter – Cal Graham – delivers a guest appearance on the track “March Of The Gutter Kids”, pure class!
Rowdy, fun and powerful, “Stanley Boulevard” has it all and is fairly brilliant from start to finish! An absolute must by The Young Ones!