Life After Youth

Land of Talk - Life After Youth
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2017 Ratings: #396 / 876
User Score
Based on 38 ratings
May 19, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Saddle Creek / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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A heartfelt indie pop record that is simultaneously one of the catchiest summer albums of the year to date and also one of its most heartbreaking and self-aware.


With Life After Youth, Powell has gifted us a beautiful treatise on how to think about life, relationships and what's important.


If the band have grown into a slightly more mid-tempo affair than the indefinably antsy quality that elevated that first record, then ‘Life After Youth’ proves that middle age still has its rewards.

NOW Magazine

Land of Talk pick up where they left off, their guitar-focused indie rock updated with synths and subtle electro effects that add a fresh edge.


The light touch Powell has with deeply felt emotions on this album is a rare combination that grows richer with each listen; she sounds older and wiser but also happier, suggesting that Life After Youth is just the beginning.

The Line of Best Fit

As its title makes clear, Life After Youth is proof that the best days needn't necessarily be the early ones, and marks a strong and exciting return for fans and band alike.

A.V. Club

Life After Youth is a welcome reminder of why Land Of Talk was missed, and a promising glimpse at a second chance.


Elizabeth Powell’s new album as Land of Talk still sounds like a direct line to her consciousness, full of unpredictable songwriting twists and poetically opaque lyrics.

Under The Radar

Powell pulls from the great depression era of our youth, while moving forward, melancholy but vibrant and immediate all at once.


This time around ... the thorny, percussive guitar of albums’ passed is combined with a reverb-soaked wash on occasion, and it’s a pleasant addition to the group’s tonal palette.

No Ripcord

Some of that punchy vitality has been lost, but never does it obscure Powell’s ability to add bold expressions to her fine-grained accounts.

The Skinny

"This Time", begins abruptly with its not-so-secret weapon of a bassline already carving a mean strut while shoegazey guitars sigh hazy riffs in its wake ... On following track "Loving," Powell offers a bleak forecast of life going forward ... These two tracks crest an emotional peak that isn’t quite matched elsewhere.

Land of talks weakest so far. Still a great record deserving of praise
Yes You Were - 80/100
This Time - 85/100
Loving - 90/100
What Was I Thinking? - 85/100
Spiritual Intimidation -75/100
Heartcore - 75/100
Inner Lover - 75/100
World Made - 75/100
In Florida - 90/100
Macabre - 80/100

Average Rating: 81/100

Overall Opinion: I usually do not enjoy modern female pop. It takes a certain balance of creativity, uniqueness and catchiness to get me through the never-ending catalog of modern pop. This album strikes that somewhat unique balance and it is definitely ... read more
Tenemos otro disco bastante recomendable aquí. Y si miramos hacia atrás, hemos visto muy buenos trabajos desde Canadá: Broken Social Scene, Mac Demarco, Feist, We Are Monroe y ahora Land of Talk, que con su 'Life After Youth' cautiva con muchas canciones interesantes y agradables a los oídos.

Canciones Favoritas: Yes You Were, This Time, What Was I Thinking?, Inner Lover, In Florida.
Good for Land of Talk, an always solid 2000s indie guitar rock band that seemed easily overlooked, for proving their relevance in 2017. They pick up right where they left off, as if there hadn't been a seven year gap, and their relatively straightforward pop rock format still works quite well -- this could have been made ten years ago, and yet it doesn't sound dated at all. Most of the credit goes to Elizabeth Powell, a frontwoman who is charismatic in a non-flashy way. She's a delight to ... read more
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Year End Lists

#19/Double J
#35/Digital Trends

Track List

  1. Yes You Were
  2. This Time
  3. Loving
  4. What Was I Thinking?
  5. Spiritual Intimidation
  6. Heartcore
  7. Inner Lover
  8. World Made
  9. In Florida
  10. Macabre
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Added on: March 20, 2017