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Colossal Youth (album) by Young Marble Giants

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Colossal Youth
Colossal Youth by Young Marble Giants (1980)
Overall rank: 1,168th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 194 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top albums of 1980 (25th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (188th)
Award Best albums of all time (1,168th)

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Colossal Youth is ranked as the best album by Young Marble Giants.

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79/100 (from 194 votes)
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70/100
Solid first wave post-punk, nothing more, nothing less.
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From Mehran
A bit to repetetive and as others have said, the songs just kind of stay the same and don't evolve to something "more". Other than that this is a great album.
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God, how good this sounds
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Ninguna canción que destacar, es el álbum en el hay que nombrar.
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"La monotonía del sonito". Melodías monótonas con cambios sobre ellos que pueden resultar divertidos, pero resulta algo repetitivo. Unos instrumentos con un sonido monótono.

Pero cabe destacar buenas melodías y riffs de teclado que encajan mucho con esa época que se experimentaba con el New Wave.

Puede llegar a aburrir, pero el sonido a pesar de ser monótono, es muy agradable de escuchar. Y la voz de la vocalista es muy marcada y agradable.
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80/100
A bit conflicted with these guys. The sound is great, vocals are lovely, but too often the songs just kinda "stay" there, don't progress anywhere and end pretty fast anyway. I still enjoyed the hell out of it, but it left me wanting more :/
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Post-Punk at its coolest
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Rough Trade at their finest.
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90/100
From GavinB
For about two years in the early 80s the only two albums I listened to were "Private Parts" by Robert Ashley and this album "Colossal Youth" by Young Marble Giants. Alison's voice was so sublimely melancoly and her pristine voice was the perfect musical vehicle for Stuart's dark existential lyrics. YMG's trademark sound centered around a weird mix of Philip's steel-hawser bass, Stuart's punchy rhythm guitar (played on a mapleglo Rickenbacker 425) and haunting, rhythmic Galanti electric organ lines, with Statton's vocals tentatively suspended in the space between them, their sound was unlike anything anyone had heard before. The fourth member of the band, Peter Joyce never appeared on stage with the bands but was a key player in the YMG sound. Joyce was a telephone engineer and an electronics whizz, who had made his own synthesiser from a kit. This was a small touch-sensitive keyboard with an attache case-like box of circuitry, with several knobs and dials. It made sounds similar to Eno's synths in the early Roxy Music and Kraftwerk, who employed similar 'low-tech/high-tech' electronics. The YMGs used tape recordings of Peter's home-made drum machine in the studio to record "Colossal Youth." "Colossal Youth" is important because the quirky and eccentric music of YMG became a touchstone a whole new generation of low tech electronica rockers like East River Pipe, Aphex Twin, Luna, Mazzy Star, Magnetic Fields, Will Oldham & Beck. I was lucky enough to see YMG during their first and only American tour at CBGBs in New York and I still have a primative film of that concert. After YMG broke up Alison formed a world music band with Spike and issued three excellent albums and Stuart made an album called "SignalPath." Both Alison's and Stuart's efforts were excellent but none of their post-YMG efforts became the musical zeitgeist that "Colossal Youth" was in 1979 when pop music stood at the crossroads of the punk rebellion & emerging post-punk indie music. YMG have periodically reunited and played concerts in England, Wales and other destinations in Europe, since 2007. Find out more about the current YMG adventures at their MySpace page @ http://www.myspace.com/youngmarblegiants
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