- Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect
CRITIC SCORE
67
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Rank: #74 / 89
USER SCORE
63
Based on
45 ratings

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80
Clash

Acting as the figureheads for an emerging scene of intelligent indie, Sundara Karma’s debut is a rip-roaring voyage of exploration and an all-encompassing ode to youth.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Dubbed a 'band in waiting' by various outlets, Sundara Karma have filled their debut to the brim with hit after hit; it's hard to know where to begin.

80
DIY

This is a record made for the cavernous expanse of Brixton Academy, fancy light show in tow, chant-a-long choruses guaranteed.

66
GIGsoup

‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect’ perfectly narrates the roller coaster ride that is adolescence, and couldn’t be more relate-able if it tried.

60
AllMusic

Sundara Karma have talent, ambition, and youth on their side, but so do a lot of other rising bands. In the end, it's personality and distinction that endure.

60
PopMatters
Unfortunately, the clinical polish of major label backing takes the edge of the record and lessens its impact as it feels almost too clean for the emotion of the lyrics and it sadly descends into more stadium baiting swoons.
50
Drowned in Sound

Though there’s more than a glimmer of Arcade Fire’s arena-filling magic, it’s all too often overshadowed by a watered-down, easily digestible form of rock that wouldn’t be out of place next to Coldplay on the V Festival line-up. 

40
The Guardian

Their music groans with inevitability, with the Killers’ pious preachery, and the chugging earnestness of clean-shaven-era Kings of Leon.

BuffaloStaple
36
These guys performed actually at my college a few months ago. Can't lie, i'm pretty happy I missed it.
60
As música parece tudo igual mas os cabelo tão bonitos
HighClouds
71
Sundara Karma‘s “Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect” leaves a bit to be desired, but it’s a fair attempt for a freshman release.

full review: https://t.co/jHmJxeFgIb
17
An arduously flat, uninspired dose of every given artist you'd hear on a twee, alternative radio station . . . four years ago.

The lyrics are pretentious, impersonal, and contribute nary a single unique idea relating to the myriad of tried and dead themes of this breed of teen-angst music - be it religion, romance, substance abuse, etc.

If I received this record for Christmas, it would not be treated differently from a fruitcake.
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Added on: October 12, 2016