Review: Young Hines - Give Me My Change [Album]

Review: Young Hines - Give Me My Change [Album]

Lojinx // "If Jack White was both happier and more miserable he’d probably sound like this."

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Last Edited by: Ffion Davies May 19th, 2012.

Nashville native, Young Hines, yes that’s actually his name, was discovered by Brendan Benson and is currently touring with him, which when you hear the 56 second opening track of his record Give Me My Change makes absolutely perfect sense. It’s all brushed drums and guitars that sound like the jingling of cowboy’s spurs, it sounds sour and sodden from spending days at the bottom of a bottle, when it actuality it’s disturbingly upbeat and refreshing, not even in a second chances type way, it’s just youthful and nice.

Immediately after this we are given the title track with its crunchy guitars and clever changing of tempo as Hines sings, “Living in four four time we’re much in need of swing…” as he wails, croons, and liquors us up it becomes apparent that this is authentic country for a modern age. It’s catchy beyond belief and doesn’t lose any of its edge, like Benson he successfully traverses the line between pop and Americana. If Jack White was both happier and more miserable he’d probably sound like this.

‘No One Knows’ starts with intent, it’s muffled as if Hines is singing through a megaphone that’s super-glued to his mouth, it’s urgent and beautifully alert in its wares. It sounds like it wants to set your insides on fire and by and large it does. His vocals are stretched to their limit as he cries, “I’ve never known someone to paint themselves into a corner and then walk out the room, I guess I shoulda’ known by the way you strolled with white paint on the soles of your shoes.” It’s a track that shows he has substance and style in equal measure and knows exactly when to deploy them, it’s slow and brutal, it has a bass line you can feel in the pit of your stomach, it has warped guitars, and an unflinching beat that will root you to your bar stool.

Somewhere in the middle though everything becomes a little confused and Give Me My Change becomes a breeding ground for any and every style from the twee piano pop of ‘You Keep me Going’ to ‘Just Say No (Sometimes)’, which sounds distinctly like a certain Mott The Hoople song you might be familiar with. He’s cheeky and sly enough at times to get away with appreciation and homage to acts like The Beatles (‘Rainy Day’) and while ‘Hold You and Scold You’ is good enough to remain anonymously familiar the thought that he sounds like a bit of a knock off has already been implanted. From this point on the album just breezes through the same old songs that are neither here nor there and you really could be listening to anyone from Travis to James Blunt to James Morrison and any other dull boy with a guitar, named James, that might be out there.

WATCH // 'Rainy Day'

Benson has done a good job discovering and nurturing the talent and you can tell he’s had input as producer here; it’s where the records best tracks come from, but it’s way too disorganised to be anything close to cohesive, rather than sounding like a record by one artist Give Me My Change sounds like a label compilation. Young Hines has plenty of potential, like the White Stripes before him, to become the next great crossover artist, he just needs pointing in the right direction.

Give Me My Change is out now
Listen To:
  • 'Young Again'
  • 'Lost In The Mix'
  • 'No One Knows'

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