13 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Young Fresh Fellows consists of musical veterans whose success has largely been performing in support roles for other musicians (R.E.M., Robyn Hitchcock). Their own irreverent take on the music they love has garnered a strong critical reputation and a solid cult following, but they’ve never been too keen on the professionalism or focus necessary to sustain a genuine career. So in 2009, 25 years since their first album, the Fellows sat down with Robyn Hitchcock as their producer and set out to rectify the situation with a solid collection of tunes that is neither too sober nor too silly, and that reflects their voluminous knowledge of the music without turning things into a history lesson. Traces of the ‘60s British Invasion, a love for garage rock, folk music, and the enduring joys of punk and pop radiate from tracks that range from the smooth beauty of “If You Believe In Cleveland” to the extra whipping behind “Let the Good Times Crawl.” “Ballad of the Bootleg” even throws the band onto the dancefloor with an extra groove.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Young Fresh Fellows consists of musical veterans whose success has largely been performing in support roles for other musicians (R.E.M., Robyn Hitchcock). Their own irreverent take on the music they love has garnered a strong critical reputation and a solid cult following, but they’ve never been too keen on the professionalism or focus necessary to sustain a genuine career. So in 2009, 25 years since their first album, the Fellows sat down with Robyn Hitchcock as their producer and set out to rectify the situation with a solid collection of tunes that is neither too sober nor too silly, and that reflects their voluminous knowledge of the music without turning things into a history lesson. Traces of the ‘60s British Invasion, a love for garage rock, folk music, and the enduring joys of punk and pop radiate from tracks that range from the smooth beauty of “If You Believe In Cleveland” to the extra whipping behind “Let the Good Times Crawl.” “Ballad of the Bootleg” even throws the band onto the dancefloor with an extra groove.

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