(6/10) When I heard the first time about a new upcoming album of the Backyard Babies I was really excited. Eight years after the guys released their latest album I wasn't expecting a new one anymore. Dregen as well as Nicke Borg have their own bands going on and my thought was "that this was it with Backyard Babies".
So, when I got the new record "Four by four" in my mailbox I was really excited and curious about what I will get the hear. After a few rounds I must admit that my expectations have been too high. Of course I had punk'n'roll masterpieces, such as "Stockholm syndrome", in mind when I pressed the 'Play' button. But that's partly not what came out of my speakers.
After a few rounds I still have some difficulties with the album. It feels like a bit of too much 'bubblegum' and a bit too little 'dirt under the fingernails'. Not that the album sounds bad, but it's less raw and less straight to the point as most of the earlier releases. I was more reminded to US punkrock bands like Green Day when I listen to e.g. "Never finish again" and "Wasted years". Again, it isn't something that is per se a bad thing; it's just unexpected and surprising. I guess it will open some doors to new fans that don't have Backyard Babies in their system yet while older fans of the band might run into the same situation as I did.
"Four by four" could have been harder and more aggressive. An album that covers only nine songs and a running time from less than fourty minutes can't handle weaker tunes. Therefore it's too short. But songs like "Th1rt3en or noting" are more a rocksongs with the handbreak still put on.
So, first of all: the Backyard Babies are back. The guys became mature and release with "Four by four" an album that has some highlights but also some disappointments. In the end it is up to each of you to decide if a handful of good songs is worth the investment.
- Th1rt3en or nothing
- I'm on my way to save your rock'n'roll
- White district light
- Bloody tears
- Never finish anything
- Mirrors (shall be broken)
- Wasted years
Label: Gain Records
Release date EU: August 28th, 2015