Track Reviews: Glass Animals, ‘Youth’
Glass Animals outdoes itself on single “Youth.” “Youth” is cleverly penned, exceptionally produced, and superbly performed when it’s all said and done.
At the end of August, up-and-coming alternative band, Glass Animals, releases its sophomore album, How to Be A Human Being. Leading the charge for album no. 2 is second single, “Youth.” Cutting straight to the chase, “Youth” is “da bomb diggity – no doubt!”
Throughout “Youth,” Dave Bayley’s vocals are haunting – perfectly suited for this record. Adding to his terrific vocal performance, there is a warmth about “Youth” – warm vibes if you will. Exceptionally produced, the groove is a selling point, filled with world percussion cues.
Besides the production and pitch-perfect performance, the theme and background of “Youth” “brings it on home.” The record is about a mother giving up her child.
“Boy, when I left you, you were young / I was gone, but not my love / you were clearly meant for more / than a life lost in the war”
Naturally, the lyrics embrace the innocence and greatness of youth – literally childhood. The maternal protagonist clearly outlines her hopes for her son, despite her absence:
“Fly / feel your mother at your side / don’t you know you got my eyes / I’ll make you fly / you’ll be happy all the time / I know you can make it right”
Another highlight in addition to the chorus is the pre-chorus and bridge section, where mom (Bayley) continues to express her maternal hopes for her son:
“Boy, I want you to be happy / free to run, get dizzy on caffeine / funny friends that make you laugh…”
Ultimately, “Youth” is magnificent through and through. It’s cleverly penned and exceptionally produced. Additionally, Dave Bayley gives a superb vocal performance. “Youth” is nothing short of a home run.