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Album Review: Pax Volumi

By Davis Sprague posted Feb 14, 2014 at 04:59 PM

 Youngblood Brass Band's newest album reviewed. 

Youngblood Brass Band dropped their latest album Pax Volumini on September 24th, after a seven year break from recording.  The album retains much of their signature raucous sound, but with a noticeably more polished touch thanks to producer and band member D.H. Skogen.  Their powerful, ear-catching riffs form a formidable backbone throughout the band's sixth studio effort while Skogen's characteristically brash and political lyrics lash out at everything he disagrees with in American society, from monetary fascination to an increasingly broken educational system.

Though Pax Volumini is well worth listening to all the way through, there are definitely a select few songs that encapsulate the soul of YBB with as much comprehension as possible.  The hip-hop and rap lovers, the tracks Cite the Line and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot are both aggressive, in-your-face tracks that leave you pumped up and ready for the rest of the album.  For the instrumental people, E-La-E is a fantastic, cross-genre piece while Third Half is a more traditional-sounding street beat/brass band song full of high energy and good vibes. 

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