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Hugh McClure

What's so good?
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The wait is over. Collarbones second full-length album Die Young has been released, and it's brilliant. Completed over the course of a year, this album is made even more incredible given the duo (Marcus Whale and Travis Cook) live in the two Australian cities of Sydney and Adelaide (respectively) "“ some 1,400km apart.

The album continues in the same vein as its two released singles, "Missing" and "Hypothermia."  Die Young's modern R&B feel differs from the quirky, disjointed nature of Iconography. Inspired by recollections of their teenage years (crushes, naivety, and an inexperienced heart), the album is a collection of standout tracks overflowing with emotion and intrigue.

As a reviewer, it's usually relatively easy to pinpoint an album's standout tracks, but with Die Young it's virtually impossible. The title track "Die Young" is a throw-back to their first album, with layers of staggering beats providing the perfect back-up to Whale's yearning vocals. "Teenage Dream" is perhaps the standout for me, a song which screams youthful emotional angst, guaranteed to goose bump, while the celestial tones of the final track "Red" again prompt a multitude of empathy.

The most incredible thing about this album is its ability to hurl the listener back to their awkward, wide-eyed teenage years. Personally, I've been following Collarbones for awhile now, so it's wonderful seeing them getting the attention they deserve. Die Young is a superb piece of work, one of the best of 2012 for me.
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