The Young ’Uns

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Strangers

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A pas­sion­ate cel­e­bra­tion of un­sung he­roes and three-part har­monies.

TEESSIDE’S mis­lead­ingly named Young ’Uns have fi­nally made an al­bum to match the for­mi­da­ble live rep­u­ta­tion. There is noth­ing in­trin­si­cally new in what they do; their roar­ing three-part har­monies fol­low a lin­eage of Swan Ar­cade and Coope, Boyes & Simp­son, while – from Ewan MacColl on – so­cial com­men­tary has long been an in­trin­sic part of folk song. But what dif­fer­en­ti­ates this is the ex­cep­tional song­writ­ing qual­ity – sear­ingly con­tem­po­rary, but firmly rooted in a glo­ri­ous tra­di­tion. Great song­writ­ers cur­rently abound in mod­ern Brit folk, and Sean Cooney is right up there with them, with bril­liantly crafted nar­ra­tives of or­di­nary peo­ple do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things. Dark Wa­ter is the emo­tional tale of a Syr­ian refugee’s tor­tu­ous swim to free­dom and Be The Man is an anti-ho­mo­pho­bia an­them with an out­ra­geously up­lift­ing cho­rus, cel­e­brat­ing the un­cel­e­brated with warmth, vigour and pas­sion.

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