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Marlboro Chorus
Youth Medium
Future Appletree Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Upon hearing Marlboro Chorus, you aren't going to experience an epiphany. Your preconceptions of what music can be are sure to remain in check, and you definitely will not uncontrollably drool on yourself in awe, wonder or amazement. But with a jaw firmly set, and minus the gape of the awestruck, what you will experience is some fine middle-of-the-road pop music made, fittingly, by some lads from the middle of America.

It's good that Marlboro Chorus don't aim to make a grandiose artistic statement. Too many bands attempt that shit and just fail miserably. Once you get over that, you're bound to appreciate the group more. What the group does is stick to what it knows, playing the kind of innocent rock music influenced in equal measures by country, folk, indie rock and the Beach Boys.

If all that sounds like an incredibly humble way to characterize the group's output, that's because the music is equally humble and charming. Youth Medium is a comfortable album that doesn't require any kind of prerequisite knowledge to enjoy. It's got enough pop archetypes to sound familiar, but enough originality to sound fresh. "Takin a Ride" grabs some British Invasion influences and slaps them with some wholesome bubblegum, reminding us easily of the Monkees or some other long gone pop band, but in a good way.

The group hangs on tight to its upbeat ideals. Most everything on this album is up-tempo, and the track, "Don't Sweat the Fallout," could double as the shiny happy band's motto. Like much of the album this song is undeniably retro, and sound like a song from Walter Schreifel's recent project, Walking Concert.

Youth Medium is an album for picket fences and sunny fields in summertime. For anyone with a perpetually optimistic outlook, or anyone that needs to find one The Marlboro Chorus would like to be on your soundtrack.

Reviewed by Dan Williams
A staff writer based in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Williams is a frequent contributor to LAS magazine. He once lived in Köln, Germany for a semester, is currently persuing his MBA in New York, and recently switched sides and began working as a publicist for Special Ops Media in New York.

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