Dickie Barrett and the seven other finely dressed chaps that make up The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are back with the ninth album in their long and distinguished career, “The Magic Of Youth.” This is the second album since the Boston skacore legends reformed in 2007 and harks back to their glory days in some style. After an impressive comeback with 2009’s ‘Pin Points And Gin Joints’, they really hit top form here with half an hour of pure gold.
An almost psychedelic intro to opener ‘The Daylights’ welcomes you to the album before the trademark big chorus and brass section join in on the fun. Both this and follow up track ‘Like A Shotgun’ are classic The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, guaranteed to get people moving and destined to be live favourites. There are some slower songs on here such as ‘Sunday Afternoons On Wisdom Ave’ and ‘The Horse Shoe And The Rabbits Foot’ where they add a slightly different, but they tend not to stray too far from what is generally a winning formula.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were always one step ahead of many of their peers and the eight piece have produced another album that can easily compare with any of their back catalogue. They have a knack of writing killer songs, and have decent albums, rather than the obvious single or two and half an hour of fillers that saturated the scene towards the end of the nineties.
Whatever you call it, skacore / ska punk / third wave, it does seem a very divisive genre and most people either love it or hate it, and are very much on one side or the other. This won’t do much to change any of the naysayers’ minds, but it is a damn good reminder of why the world needs bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. I only managed to see them once, some twelve years ago now, but will hopefully remedy that in the coming year. Over the last few years most of my listening has been a lot heavier and darker music, but this brings back memories of the summer of parties in 1999, and has caused to revisit some of my older albums. Highly recommended.