A horrible hack

Autistic Youth

Idle Minds

Year Released: 2010
Format: LP
Label: Dirtnap
 
Reviewed by Michael Stewart on Nov 16, 2010
The holy spirit of the Portland punk trinity, Autistic Youth have been largely quiet since the release of their first LP while Red Dons continue the messianic proselytising for the cause of high quality, thoughtful political punk with hooks that The Observers seemed to create in six days back in 2004 with the seminal So What’s Left Now. Hyperbole aside, all three bands are responsible for some of the best American punk rock this side of the millennium, and Autistic Youth do not disappoint with their latest offering. Rarely are bands as able to marry gravity with melodic infectiousness as they are here, all the while coming out of it with something sounding fresh. This is commendable enough, but for a band barely into their twenties it is worthy of genuine remark. This is not quite the second coming of the Observers long-player mentioned earlier, one of the few truly classic punk records of recent years, but it is very, very good and a stick-on for the top ten of the year should the needle not have worn it out.
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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