After Young States in 2011, I knew Citizen had immense potential. And now, this album shows just how much that was an understatement. Youth is Citizen's ripping take on the emo/melodic genre that plays remarkably off grunge and hardcore elements to make this ironically-titled album their most hard-hitting effort to date."Roam The Room" sparks recollections of Daylight's Jar, coincidentally released by Run For Cover this year as well.
Excruiatingly trulthful stuff from Ohio's Citizen... They say you should write about what you know, and Citizen certainly put that into practice on ‘Youth’. Channeling the frustration and angst of adolescence, the Michigan five-piece (some of whom are still teenagers) have produced a brooding, downbeat record, punctuated by shards of frayed melody.
For Youth, Citizen unleashes ten powerful, heartfelt songs. Based in an emo/post-hardcore mindset, the crunchy guitar and chugging rhythm section make the bittersweet melodies feel heavy, while the lyrics are nostalgic and angst-ridden. In a way, this sounds like a lost classic '90s record with its world-shaking arrangements and fragile spirit. Concentrating on a traditional rock lineup with bombastic "screaming at the stars" vocals, the Michigan group may not be breaking any new ground musically, but they are determined to make some of the biggest sounding music around.