The lead single, "The Coast", sets the tone for the album. A melodic thumping leads off before Barry's vocals set sail. "Dead Give Away" threatens to be a tad too cutesy, but an infectious energy prevents that fate.
"Slow Dance" is a sweet, no-pressure twirl across the dancefloor.
Barry is at her most vulnerable on "Honey". It's a simple, hushed, beautiful tune. She takes us on another tender trip with the twinkling title track. A measured methodically-paced wah wah takes control during "The Sheriff".
The harshest moment comes on "Mountie Mountie". A dissonant guitar flutters through an otherwise introspective folk number. Barry twangs things up a bit with the muddy "4x4".
Her fabulous voice notwithstanding, not every song on Young Men is memorable. However, Barry has a presence that really has you rooting for her.
Best tracks: "Dead Give Away", "Honey"
Track listing for Young Men:
- The Coast
- Dead Give Away
- Black Hole
- The Sheriff
- Slow Dance
- Mountie Mountie
- To Be Patient
- Young Me