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Magic of Youth
     

The Magic of Youth

by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
 

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This is the second independent release from Boston's skacore giants since their return from a multi-year hiatus in the mid-2000s, and while it offers no surprises, The Magic of Youth still yields plenty of satisfaction. It may seem strange to categorize an album of ska-tinged heavy metal as "old school," but the Bosstones

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This is the second independent release from Boston's skacore giants since their return from a multi-year hiatus in the mid-2000s, and while it offers no surprises, The Magic of Youth still yields plenty of satisfaction. It may seem strange to categorize an album of ska-tinged heavy metal as "old school," but the Bosstones have been working together for a quarter of a century now, and they continue to perfect what has become a well-established musical recipe: take enormous guitars, elegant horn charts, sudden shifts from face-melting metal to spare and galloping proto-reggae backbeats, and frontman Dicky Barrett's whiskey-voiced roar, and then blend and alternate them by turns. Over the years the band has added sharper and sharper melodic hooks to the mix, and if there's nothing here to quite match the ear worms of "The Impression That I Get" or "The Rascal King," there are still plenty of fine shoutalong choruses: "Like a Shotgun" is one good example, and "They Will Need Music" combines a glorious ascending horn part, a skanking verse arrangement, and an anthemic, fist-pumping chorus to great effect. Elsewhere the band pays subtle tribute to the Clash ("The Upper Hand") and to the unique New England sport of candlepin bowling ("The Ballad of Candlepin Paul"). After 25 years, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones remain pretty much the best at what they do, and what they do remains lots and lots of fun.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2011
Label:
Big Rig Records
UPC:
0634457553828
catalogNumber:
12611

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mighty Mighty Bosstones   Primary Artist
Steve Sidelnyk   Percussion
Dicky Barrett   Vocals
Tim Burton   Saxophone
Joe Gittleman   Bass
Johnny Goetchius   Piano,Hammond Organ
Kevin Lenear   Saxophone
Joe Sirois   Drums
Chris Rhodes   Trombone
Jon Pebsworth   Background Vocals
Lawrence Katz   Guitar
Ethan Avineri   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Mighty Mighty Bosstones   Composer
Darren Hill   Management
Dicky Barrett   Composer
Tim Burton   Composer
Joe Gittleman   Composer
Kevin Lenear   Composer
Chris Rhodes   Composer
Ted Hutt   Producer
Lawrence Katz   Composer
Bosstones   Composer
Pete Cardoso   Graphic Design
Ryan Mall   Engineer
"Uncle" Pete Macphee   Illustrations
Richard "Peter" Barrett   Art Direction,Art Conception
Peter Michail   Illustrations

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