The Yearning – Jukebox Romance – album review

The Yearning – Jukebox Romance (Elefant)
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If you like ’50s-style indiepop with a side order or doo-wop and bit of Spector and surf rock drizzled on top then the mini album from The Yearning could very well be for you. 

The Yearning are a recent addition to Elefant Records and after listening to their mini album ”˜Jukebox Romance’ it would appear that they’ve certainly found themselves amongst good company.

The more familiar Elefant acts range from The Ruskettes and The Silver Factory to Camera Obscura and their style will give an indication as to what the listener can expect from this (very) young band.

Singer Maddie Dobie is a mere 15 years old and is accompanied by Justyna Halas on vocal duties. A studio project as opposed to a naturally formed unit, The Yearning seek to recreate the daydreaming innocence of 50’s bubblegum pop, doo-wop and soul. In this exercise they’ve been mostly successful.

The production is well constructed and will certainly be enhanced by playing it on the 10′ vinyl which ”˜Jukebox Romance’ has been released on (with an accompanying download code). Echoes of Phil Spector and The Beach Boys are certainly present in the simple, yet incredibly clear instrumentation on show.

The second half of the album is most definitely the strongest. In this section of the record, the band focus on the darker and more maudlin side of 50’s pop. ”˜

Boy Racer’ has shades of ”˜Last Kiss’ running through it and ”˜Don’t Call Me Baby’ has a wonderful brass arrangement which closes the proceedings nicely.

It is important to be aware of the demographic that such a band have. This is not going to win any new fans to the aforementioned genres but, for those who enjoy the simple pleasures of a sweet sounding 50’s style group, there’s a lot on offer here.

Whilst they lack the roots and blues edginess of Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, The Yearning make quite delightful saccharine laden pop songs and there are not enough of those around these days. There are far worse things that you could do with 20 minutes of your time than checking out a copy of ”˜Jukebox Romance’.

All words by Colin McCracken. You can read more from Colin on LTW here,  follow him on Twitter or read his website.

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  1. Great album!! From such a young talent as well. Hats of to Croftwerk in Manchester for their videos.

    Matt (The Silver Factory)

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