Saved the best until last,
This review is from: Young Modern [Us Import] (Audio CD)
My first experience of Silverchair was around 12 years ago when a friend of mine was playing Freakshow on his stereo. I liked it so I decided to borrow all of his Silverchair albums. Frogstomp and Neon Ballroom were equally good albums.
I liked Silverchair but I didn't love them. I can't put my finger on it, maybe the whole grunge scene was not my thing. I always found Nirvana overrated. I don't know it just seemed like people were listening to that sort of music because it was 'cool' to do so. Sounds stupid I know... but we were teenagers. For me grunge almost seemed dated before it had took off. And therein lay the problem for me. I had subconsciously labelled Silverchair a grunge band and in doing so not really given them the appreciation that they clearly deserved.
Fast forward 10-11 years and I discovered what is now known as Modern Silverchair first in Diorama and now Young Modern. What can I say? I was completely wrong about them. To label them a 'grunge' band is just lazy and unoriginal. They are so much better than that.
In their front man Daniel Johns they have a genius song writer, artist, musician, singer. This guy has it all. When I first discovered 'Modern Silverchair' I was genuinely excited. It has been a long time since I have felt this way about music. These days a lot of music for me is something which will be on in the background and I may pay attention when a favourite track comes on. With this album I can quite easily give every track my full attention. The lights are dimmed, headphones on.
You will hear a lot of die hard Silverchair fans who aren't completely happy with their transformation. This is fine, everyone has their opinion. However I believe that in order to be called a truly great band you need to adapt and move with the times. Churning out the same stuff on every album will appeal to loyal fans but ultimately the excitement will be lost. It will be too predictable. A classic example of this is Oasis. I loved their first 3 albums but because they played it safe and carried on doing the same sounds the originality was lost.
Silverchair changed their sound quite dramatically. An extremely brave move, which could have been make or break. They risked losing all their fans and not gaining any more. As it turned out they retained most of the true fans who then spread the word on how amazing they are.
Anyway back to this album. Like I said there is not a single bad track. My stand out ones (change all the time!) are Low, Reflections of a Sound and Those Thieving Birds.
Young Modern is a true masterpiece. Alas their last album :(
I suspect however we will hear a lot more from Daniel Johns in the future. Hopefully this genius will become a household name.