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Album Review

Despite all the buzz building around Recover circa 2004, frontman Dan Keyes wasn't happy and wanted to do something new. Thus, as Recover went on an indefinite hiatus, Keyes relocated to New York City and began Young Love. For this new project, he's traded in all the post-hardcore aggression of his former rock outfit for shiny shoes and a VIP pass to the hottest underground nightclubs in town. So basically, Young Love has joined the countless acts that think glossing up a song to dancing mode with shiny synths or pulsing beats automatically means that people will want to get down and dirty. Unfortunately, though, Young Love is about as faceless as any of these groups come; that VIP pass turned out to be a fake and all those bumpin' parties had already thinned out by the time Keyes' crew finally got past the bouncer.

Most everything on Too Young to Fight It is simply generic, somewhat danceable indie rock that feels forced half the time and just mediocre the other half. Tracks like "Discotech" and "Too Young to Fight It" — is that a Shakira beat in the latter? — want really bad to be those sexy and defiant songs of intoxicated grooves and random late-night adventure. But there's no edge, no real danger, and really, finishing your drink at the bar is just as appealing as actually getting out on the dancefloor. Elsewhere, other songs are content to be just light-footed numbers with subtle programming that only occasionally go anywhere; "Find a New Way" is practically a rewrite of Brandtson's "Nobody Dances Anymore" and "Tell Me" sounds completely out of place with its smooth R&B vibe. The more rock-oriented moments of cuts like "Take It or Leave It" and "Close Your Eyes" show where Keyes' true strength lies — and that's not in the club scene. Once this album is forgotten after a few spins, let's hope his attention turns back, if not to Recover, then to something new altogether.

Customer Reviews

Similar, yet fresh.

He reminds me sooooo much of Cobra Starship. I think this album might be slightly better than Cobra's "While the city sleeps..." though. "Discotech" is obviously the best song. "Tell me" and "Underneath the Night Sky" are also really good. This is definitely something that fans of Panic! at the Disco, Cobra Starship, and Shiny Toy Guns will like.

What a great way to start off the year

this cd is awesome. dan keyes is such a great artist. i love discotech, too young to fight, find a new way (which is my favorite), take it or leave it, and tragedy. Actually all of the songs are great. its kinda funny because when is saw that mtv dance life or what ever it is. they use find a new way for their "theme song" and when that happened i was like DUDE! so i figure i would watch the show because it must be cool because they played the song. turns out that is one of the most lamest shows they play on "music" television. but this cd is totally worth it because its so damn good. i really do suggest you get it.

Schizophrenic Mess

This album is all over the place - one fourth could be on a dance-rock compilation with the likes of White Rose Movement, one fourth could be on a mix-tape with OK Go, another fourth would go well with the untalented clone of Justin Timberlake, and the final fourth would go exceedingly well in a garbage disposal. Never really rock, always overly-slick pop (even in its better moments), if each of the songs on this album went to high school together, they'd probably all hate each other. And with good reason. This isn't to say, however, that there aren't a few gems - but they're solidly of the throw-away fun variety (not that there's anything wrong with that). Just don't expect anything but the most inane of lyrics. You sort of have to wonder, has the artist ever lived life? Been to a club? Been in love? Or did he just listen to some songs about it? Definitely test the waters before you buy - and whatever you do, whatever your taste, save yourself money and disappointment and only get the two or three songs you actually like. The rest, apparently, were recorded for somebody else.


Formed: 2005 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The dance-rock outfit Young Love is headed by Dan Keyes, who served as frontman for the post-grunge band Recover from 2001 to 2004. After releasing three albums with that Austin-based group, Keyes relocated from Texas to New York City in search of new environs and a change of pace. Within a year's time, he had amassed a wealth of new material that had more in common with Bloc Party and Action Action than the aggressive sounds of Recover. Young Love was born, and a record deal with Island Def Jam...
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