The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ ninth album proves that the band still has what it takes to make an excellent ska album! “The Magic of Youth” is more in lined with their previous album “Pin Points and Gin Joints” than their very early stuff. Honestly, I’m fine with that since I really liked “Pin Points and Gin Joints.” With their last two albums, the band has gone back to their ska roots and have made some catchy, solid skankable tunes!
There was a stretch in the Bosstones career where their albums were hit or miss with me (late 90s/early 00s era), but lately, this isn’t the case. Each song is awesome and there’s no filler here. Just from the start of the album, you have “The Daylights” that just blasts you away. It’s a powerful, forceful song to start an album off. Kind of seems they are making a statement by saying, “yeah, we’re still here and making great music. You hear that VH1, we’re no god damn one hit wonders!”
“Like A Shotgun” is a notable track, particularly because of Dicky’s singing and the horn section. It’s textbook Bosstones. “Sunday Afternoon on Wisdom Ave” is my favorite track on the new album. It’s got the right amount of bounciness that I love in a ska song. As soon as I heard it, I knew this was the one I was going to like the most. The title track “The Magic of Youth” is also another winner. I guess the same can be said with any track on this album. If the Bosstones keep making albums like this one, I’d be very happy!
Bottom Line: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones continue to impress me with their awesomeness
Notable Tracks: Like A Shotgun, Sunday Afternoons on Wisdom Ave, The Magic of Youth