Young Modern

Young Modern

by Silverchair
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Young Modern

Arguably, each album released by Silverchair has been an improvement on the last, or at least a marked change in direction. It is a natural progression for a band to evolve away from its early influences, and in this instance the world has listened to the boys become men. As major songwriter Daniel Johns' teenage angst turned into youthful enthusiasm and experimentation, there has been a distinct maturity in the band's songwriting and production. Gone are the heavy Sabbath riffs, the lazy adolescent poetry, and Ben Gillies trying to invoke Bonham or Moon. In their place are catchy melodic hooks, inspired lyrical themes, and stunning string arrangements. This album is the pinnacle of the band's fascinating development. Titled after Van Dyke Parks' nickname for Johns during their time together working on 2002's Diorama, Young Modern is a highly ambitious work that happily jumps from glam rock to sweeping orchestral pastiches and almost everywhere in between. Once the opening sonic aural frenzy of "Young Modern Station" effortlessly segues into the instant rock classic (and Aussie number one hit) "Straight Lines," there is an overwhelming feeling that all bets are off -- there has never been a Silverchair album like this. Diorama and 1998's Neon Ballroom offered a few musical surprises, but ultimately strayed into the familiar grunge-tinged formula that heavily peppered the band's first two long-players. You can hear in Johns' vocal performances a playfulness and energy that never dared show itself in previous works. There can be no doubt that his eclectic 2004 side project release with renowned DJ, remixer, and keyboard player Paul Mac as the Dissociatives opened Johns' musical landscapes wide open, and his vocals on this album are versatile enough to fit into each genre jump. Another contributing factor to the change of the band with this album is Julian Hamilton, of the Sydney duo the Presets, who appears on four of the 11 tracks as a co-writer (the last two Silverchair albums were completely written by Johns). Young Modern made history in the Australian music charts by becoming the fifth straight album by an Australian act to debut at the number one spot. Silverchair are also the only Australian act to achieve five number one albums, eclipsing native heavyweights INXS, Midnight Oil, and Cold Chisel.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/2007
Label: Eleven Music Company
UPC: 0075597997705
catalogNumber: 255548

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Silverchair   Primary Artist
Van Dyke Parks   Conductor
Alain Johannes   Slide Guitar
Paul Mac   Keyboards
Daniel Johns   Guitar,Vocals
Ben Gillies   Percussion,Drums
Chris Joannou   Bass
Luke Steele   Guitar,Backwards Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Orchestra   Track Performer
Michelle Rose   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Orchestral Arrangements
Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Paul Mac   Programming,Engineer
Daniel Johns   Producer,Engineer
Jan Holzner   Engineer
Melissa Chenery   Management
Luke Steele   Sound Effects
Duane Dowse   Web Design
Julian Hamilton   Composer
John Watson   Management
Jan Holzer   Engineer

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Young Modern 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stunning album. As Mr. Bolger noted in the professional review printed here, this is the first Silverchair album to be truly and completely rid of all grunge artifacts. In my mind, most critics have been unfairly hard on these guys (especially Daniel Johns) because of their Pearl Jam-lite roots...they were 15 when they recorded their debut, after all. But they've made progression from album to album, and although 'Diorama' was an excellent album, it would seem as if there was a little hesitation to completely give way to the new sound (and let go of the grunge). That's definitely taken place here on Young Modern, and those who are willing to move on from mid-90s grunge will find much to enjoy here. The genre-hopping makes it seem like a mixtape at times, which is fine - every subsequent listen reveals details that weren't noticed before. The suite "Those Thieving Birds" is worth the price of admission alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are expecting Young Modern to sound anything like the previous albums you will be dissapointed. If you are a true Silverchair fan than you know that each album is very different and Daniel Johns loves to attempt new ideas and musical concepts with each album. This album is amazing! The first single "Straight Lines" makes the album worth buying all by itself. Daniel stretches his vocals to new levels. Van Dyke Parks did an amazing job with the instrumental arrangements. For the first time since they were 15 years old they have created an album in which they were writting music they love and at a time in their lives when they are truly happy.