Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect

Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2017 Ratings: #631 / 725
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2017 Ratings: #601
January 6, 2017 / Release Date
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Chess Club / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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.

80
The Independent

For the most part the songs are full to bursting with youthful melodies that lift the weight off the more serious of topics.

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.

HoodieBraden
80
Sundara Karma is a pretty above-average indie rock band that hasn't quite made their way into the mainstream scene. Their sophomore album didn't contribute anything to that possible transition. However, this album is a really catchy indie record with memorable riffs and (sometimes) odd but nice lyrics.
whyisaac
78
Favourites: Loveblood, A Young Understanding, Flame, Happy Family
Least Favourites: Another Word for Beautiful
68
1. A Young Understanding - 8
2. Loveblood - 9
3. Explore - 9
4. Olympia - 5.5
5. Lakhey - 5.5
6. Happy Family - 9
7. Flame - 10
8. She Said - 10
9. Lose The Feeling - 8
10. Vivienne - 7.5
11. Be Nobody - 2
12. Deep Relief - 6.5
13. Watching From Great Heights - 5
14. The Night - 4.5
15. Another Word For Beautiful - 2
+2.5
101.5/150 - 68/100
dntspr
64
A Young Understanding // 69
Loveblood // 67
Explore // 70
Olympia // 68
Lakhey // 60
Happy Family // 71
Flame // 66
She Said // 57
Lose the feeling // 69
Vivienne // 65
Be Nobody // 60
Deep Relief // 63
Watching From Great Heights // 55
The Night // 65
Another Word For Beautiful // 60

Like being swallowed by a big beige beast, with a couple of semi-decent songs as bait to lure you in. Dullness good to firm in places.
VinylHound83
69
A Young Understanding - 6/10
Loveblood - 9/10
Explore - 7/10
Olympia - 6/10
Lahkey - 5/10
Happy Family - 10/10
Flame - 7/10
She Said - 10/10
Lose The Feeling - 7/10
Vivienne - 7/10
Be Nobody - 6/10
Deep Relief - 5/10
Watching From Great Heights - 6/10
The Night - 8/10
Another Word For Beautiful - 4/10

Overall Rating: 103 out of 150 = 69

Overall Opinion: Some really good arena rock for the younger generation. Every song could easily be on radio throughout the globe. Some better than others. ... read more
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