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Annabel

Youth in Youth

(Count Your Lucky Stars; US: 24 Nov 2012; UK: 27 Nov 2012)

Eight years, one full-length album, multiple seven-inch singles and thousands of miles amassed between dingy basement shows and dusty VFW Halls, Kent, Ohio’s Annabel have finally amounted enough material and most importantly, life experience, to justify the release of their sophomore LP, Youth In Youth. Pulling together elements of anthemic power-pop (“Young American”), lithe post-rock (“Home”) and intricate, albeit delicate and melodic guitar work (“You Could Be Living Better”), this unassuming Midwestern quartet have managed to compile the events leading to this moment—the long drives, crumbling relationships and longing to do better—into a delightful year-end surprise.


At its worst, Youth in Youth can be rendered a homage to emo’s most seminal groups in the Promise Ring, Built to Spill and American Football. At its best—a more fitting interpretation—this record is Annabel’s best work yet, a truly timeless collection of raw and introspective songs whose warm tonalities and heart-on-their-sleeve lyricism is one that will likely reside within the ranks of obscure and dilated indie rock for years to come.

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Julio Anta is an arts and culture critic living in New York City. A fervent record collector, he often contributes to Modern Vinyl, a vinyl centric news and reviews website. His writing has also been published by Prefix Mag, Substream Music Press and Punk News. Most of his work can be found at JulioAnta.com.


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