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Album: The Magic of Youth [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Daylights More Info... 0:02
2)    Like a Shotgun More Info... 0:03
3)    Disappearing More Info... 0:03
4)    Sunday Afternoons On Widom Ave More Info... 0:03
5)    They Will Need Music More Info... 0:03
6)    The Package Store Petition More Info... 0:03
7)    The Horse Shoe and the Rabbits Foot More Info... 0:04
8)    The Magic of Youth More Info... 0:03
9)    The Upper Hand More Info... 0:03
10)    The Ballad of Candlepin Paul More Info... 0:03
11)    Open and Honest More Info... 0:03
 

Album: The Magic of Youth [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    The Daylights More Info... 0:02
2)    Like a Shotgun More Info... 0:03
3)    Disappearing More Info... 0:03
4)    Sunday Afternoons On Widom Ave More Info... 0:03
5)    They Will Need Music More Info... 0:03
6)    The Package Store Petition More Info... 0:03
7)    The Horse Shoe and the Rabbits Foot More Info... 0:04
8)    The Magic of Youth More Info... 0:03
9)    The Upper Hand More Info... 0:03
10)    The Ballad of Candlepin Paul More Info... 0:03
11)    Open and Honest More Info... 0:03
 
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  • Personnel: Dicky Barrett (vocals); Lawrence Katz (guitar); Kevin Lenear, Tim Burton (saxophone); Ethan Avineri (trumpet); Chris Rhodes (trombone); Johnny Goetchius (piano); Joe Sirois (drums); Steve Sidelnyk (percussion); Ben Carr (sound effects); Jon Pebsworth (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Ryan Mall; Ted Hutt.
  • Recording information: Kingsize Soundlabs, Eagle Rock, CA.
  • Illustrators: "Uncle" Pete Macphee; Peter Michail.
  • This is the second independent release from Boston's skacore giants since their return from a multi-year hiatus in the mid-2000s, and while it offers no surprises, The Magic of Youth still yields plenty of satisfaction. It may seem strange to categorize an album of ska-tinged heavy metal as "old school," but the Bosstones have been working together for a quarter of a century now, and they continue to perfect what has become a well-established musical recipe: take enormous guitars, elegant horn charts, sudden shifts from face-melting metal to spare and galloping proto-reggae backbeats, and frontman Dicky Barrett's whiskey-voiced roar, and then blend and alternate them by turns. Over the years the band has added sharper and sharper melodic hooks to the mix, and if there's nothing here to quite match the ear worms of "The Impression That I Get" or "The Rascal King," there are still plenty of fine shoutalong choruses: "Like a Shotgun" is one good example, and "They Will Need Music" combines a glorious ascending horn part, a skanking verse arrangement, and an anthemic, fist-pumping chorus to great effect. Elsewhere the band pays subtle tribute to the Clash ("The Upper Hand") and to the unique New England sport of candlepin bowling ("The Ballad of Candlepin Paul"). After 25 years, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones remain pretty much the best at what they do, and what they do remains lots and lots of fun. ~ Rick Anderson
Professional Reviews
Alternative Press (p.97) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "'The Daylights' gets things started with a bang, as frontman Dicky Barrett growls over distorted guitars and a quick-moving rhythm."

Kerrang (Magazine) (p.69) - "[I]t's a barrel full of fun from a band secure in their own niche."
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