REVIEW: Anthony Green – ‘Young Legs’

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Artist: Anthony Green
Album: Young Legs
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Moshtradamus Records

My father once told me that the first time he held me in his arms, everything had changed. Something that I have not yet experienced myself, the joy of procreation is ever apparent in most parent’s daily view on life, yielding a change in lens once their little ones emanate their first breaths. And why shouldn’t they? Birth is one of the most inspiring aspects of human life. Thousands and thousands of codes of DNA collecting in progressive fashion, the chemicals that write you up skillfully rip themselves apart, only to be copied and given to the next generation. A culmination of the blueprint to your being, the zenith of existence.

With Young Legs, Anthony Green glorifies all these aspects of the human experience, which may give insight as to why this album is Green’s grandest. A long career, spanning many genres and projects, Young Legs is Green’s most atmospheric, soothing, and enlightening, all at the same time. Reunited with Good Old War, and a newly acquired view on life, the father twice over steps into the realm of musical maturity, while still realizing the rejuvenation and rebirth that the purity of music can instill. The young legs on the ones he loves will grow, but the feeling of running new against the wind will always be apparent, regardless of physical development. The feeling of creating something new, for the first time, will grant the gift of youth, regardless of age.

Beginning with the wonderful “Breaker,” Young Legs solidifies Green’s honed musicianship. Absolutely massive in scale, the track goes down incredibly smooth. Like a perfectly poured glass of alcohol, rewarding without the bite, Green presents the introduction to his latest work. Just be prepared when the chorus takes you by surprise, “Breaker” is a cyclically moving piece. Slowing it down a touch with the title track, “Young Legs” swoons like a ballad from the past, honing on what is best about bygone musicianship.

“100 Steps” will be familiar to Circa Survive fans, while the Green version finds itself a much fuller experience. Stripping things down for “Too Little Too Late,” fans of Green’s previous work will find themselves right at home. Following, “When You Sang to Me” is easily one of the album’s highlights. Massive like the opener, “When You Sang to Me” features some of the most fun, experimental, and ascending work from Green’s repertoire. While staggering a little bit in the latter half of the album, the work picks up with “Shine” and “You Have to Believe It Will Happen,” ending Young Legs in a beautiful fashion.

One of the existential things that has troubled me in my constantly learning existence, is that wherever I find myself philosophically, and however understanding I find my morality to be, my father will also have the upper hand. Understanding his words as I grow, there are too many times where I wish I simply took his word for it in my youth. Garnering the respect that he deserves in my early twenties, I missed his wisdom in my teens. And as the next decade continues on, I fear that in my thirties I will realize the history he was teaching me in my twenties. Never can I stand at the same height as him, for his legs stand much taller, and mine still have much to grow.

SCORE: 8/10

Review written by: Andrew Caruso — Follow him on Twitter

Drew Caruso

Drew Caruso is a Bostonian who, when not writing about music and film, spends his time getting lost in New England, reading books, talking about science whether people want to listen or not, and more. To see the thoughts of a scientist by day and a writer by night, follow him on Twitter.
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