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  • Audio CD (25 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B004UFHJOQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,638 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On Curse Our Love, Young Rebel Set have delivered a set of songs that make the sacrifice and hard work worthwhile. Songs that give you hope when you’re standing on your own at three in the morning wondering where it all went wrong. Songs that make you walk up and tell her you love her regardless of whether her boyfriend’s going to kick your teeth in. Songs that – put simply – make life worth living.

BBC Review

NME’s description, "life-affirming graft rock", kicks off the press release for Young Rebel Set’s debut album, so presumably both label and band see it as a compliment, even if the word ‘graft’ suggests something workmanlike and forced. Actually, the blurb does make of a virtue of "three years schlepping across the country in the back of the van", as if this gave their songs a tension and authenticity that would otherwise be lacking. It goes with the territory, really, given this Stockton-on-Tees septet’s stoic, gritty, blue-collar sound, somewhere between rock, soul and folk, between those old stalwarts ‘rebel rock’ and ‘dad rock’.

Lyrically, frontman Matty Chipchase says he takes inspiration from Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan; but what Curse Our Love mostly sounds like is Mumford & Songs influenced by The Clash (post-punk version): catchy tunes, heartfelt and heroic sentiments, the ups and downs of the common man. Chipchase – sadly not a name to inspire the rebels within, like Joe Strummer or Johnny Cash – is unafraid to use the vernacular of old: the album’s opening words, on current single Lion’s Mouth, are "they saddled me with bullets and they handed me a gun, and they set my boy a-going off to war". If you’re already thinking of The Alarm, you’re not far off. On their last single If I Was, Chipchase sings of sailors, soldiers and jailers against a backdrop that can only be described as "rollicking".

YRS’s paeans are as straightforward as they come, but what’s beguiling about them is their line-up; beside Chipchase, there’s guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, drums and even a harmonica player. And yet their sound is wiry and lean – at times, they could be a trio. Bagatelle – the album’s loveliest moment – is stripped right back, and Measure of a Man is practically skiffle. It means they don’t topple over into overkill, but also they could do with resembling a force of nature to match, say, the E Street Band or The Hold Steady. However, Borders shows Chipchase’s love of Springsteen, and Fall Hard redefines ‘Dylanesque’. At least Chipchase sings in his own accent, Glasvegas-style.

But what will make or break them is people’s capacity for hard-won honesty and smalltown anthems. You just know Young Rebel Set are the kind of band who will polarise audiences, and most likely upset those critics who think magnifying such virtues means they don’t have them to begin with. So, for better or worse, welcome to the new Mumford & Sons.

--Martin Aston

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I bought this album on the basis of having listened to a few tracks on youtube. They were booked to play locally but I was unable to make it so bought their album instead, especially for such a good price.
It's a great mix of folk/indie/rock/punk with great lyrics and tunes.
Definitely recommended!
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Young Rebel Set produce passionate, inspiring and uplifting music. This album doesn't have a single weak track. It features story driven songs with clever lyrics and good tunes, which have been expertly produced. What more could you ask for?
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Really good songs well delivered with a great northern accent. Interesting lyrics. Basically up there with I am Kloot on the songwriting front. I have listened to it quite a frew times and the songs still sound interesting. You will not be dissapointed if you buy this or, if you are, then good luck to you but you don't recognise good music..
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I bought this album after seeing the band live. Really enjoyed the live performance which had everyone jumping and the album is equally good. The songs vary from rock to lyrical ballad often with complex musical shifts and/or changes of pace within the same number, combined with great lyrics. The best album i've bought for some time.
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I love this album and Crocodile but have to admit that two members of the band are my nephews. Even though I'm biased I still think both their albums are completely brilliant and a welcome change from some of the dross played these days.
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Heard this band live on 6 music so thought I would try the album. Very impressed with it, a touch of Mumford and Sons sound to it, but to to compare them would be an injustice. Not a bad track on the album and the more I listen to it, the more I appreciate it. Hope to maybe catch them live some time now as well.
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I heard Young Rebel Set on BBC Radio 2 and since then I've been hooked. I love every single song on this album! Amazing!
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