The Magic of Youth
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Released December 6, 2011
Big Rig Records
Review by Tom “Bari Sax” Enget
After 25 years together, the legendary Bosstones are at it again. Their ninth studio album, The Magic of Youth, is another solid effort from the Boston Ska-Core pioneers who have never really released a bad album. It drops just short of two years to the day that they released Pin Points and Gin Joints, their well-regarded eighth album that was their first since 2002’s A Jackknife to a Swan. After all those years, Pin Points and Youth show that the Bosstones haven’t lost a step; they’re still a great band, capable of great things.
While Pin Points was geared more towards Ska, The Magic of Youth actually draws more from the Bosstone’s poppier influences, alá Let’s Face It. That’s not to say Ska isn’t stylistically present here, but it’s not as omni-present as on other records. There’s also some similarities here with some of the band’s b-sides and unreleased material from the late 1990s (free downloads of all sorts of Bosstones’ rarities can be found on the band’s fan forum HERE). The feel and sound is slick—but not overly slick. It’s comfortably poppy in the Bosstone’s own way; frontman Dicky Barrett hardly ever raises his voice to his trademark raspy roar, sticking instead to smoother singing. For a Ska band, the Bosstones are capable of producing a big sound in the studio—not quite wall-of-sound levels, but bigger than most Ska bands choose to create.
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