Review: Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect by Sundara Karma

Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect by Sundara KarmaA new year means more bands attempting to reclaim guitar-driven music for the masses. Well, it’s not really their stated intention, but for the good part of the past decade every buzzy band that releases a debut album carried all that expectation on their shoulders. This month it’s Sundara Karma, a British band whose name does not suggest some sort of Indian influence. Instead, it’s more of the same: indie anthems designed for arena sing-alongs, blending together and not being remarkable as a result. It’s a shame, because the first couple of tracks on Youth is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect are genuinely interesting: “A Young Understanding” and “Loveblood” have this energy that I haven’t heard from other new bands that have had the task of “waving the flag for rock and roll”. It reminded me of how I liked the Gaslight Anthem the first time, or, dare I say, a less cathartic Bruce Springsteen? And then the quality flags and the album is just like all the others. [NB]3/5

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