Young Modern | Eleven
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 23, 2007
3.5 3.5 Stars

072707_inside_SILVERCHAIRCDAs fans of 2002’s largely overlooked Diorama know, 28-year-old Silverchair mastermind Daniel Johns has already made the album that proves he’s capable of more than the teenaged bubblegrunge of the group’s bestselling debut, Frogstomp. But that hardly prevents Johns from showing off every trick he can do on Young Modern, the Australian trio’s fifth studio album. Produced by Nick Cave confidant Nick Launay and featuring orchestral arrangements by art-pop eccentric Van Dyke Parks, the new disc careers from dreamy glam-soul ballads (“Waiting All Day”) to angular post-punk rave-ups (“Young Modern Station”) to bouncy musical-theater production numbers (“If You Keep Losing Sleep”) with the manic zest of someone who’s been storing up ideas for five years and has nearly run out of mental hard-drive space. If you’re a stickler for musical cohesion — and, really, why bother with that bummer? — Johns’s stylistic schizophrenia might set you off here; even his singing on Young Modern changes from cut to cut. Everyone else: dig in — this thing is quite a feast.

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