Youth and Young Manhood: Reception
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- into Russian: Soon enough the nagging urge for more complexity. 2% translated in draft.
Submitted for translation by derr84 31.10.2010
Critical reception was generally favorable, as the album received a score of 79 from Metacritic. Many appreciated the band's punk and garage rock-influenced revival of the southern rock genre, with NME hailing the album among the "best debuts of the past 10 years." Allmusic claimed the album wasn't "sonically adventurous" but that "some greasy licks sure sound good." Village Voice called the album "2003's finest rock debut," saying the band had built off of its first EP. Rolling Stone declared that the band knew "when to lay back and let things simmer" as well as "when to jump up and testify with tambourines banging" in a favorable review. Rolling Stone critics named it the 10th-best album of 2003 and NME named it the seventh best.
The album peaked at number 3 in the United Kingdom, but fared worse in the band's homeland, peaking outside the top hundred. The band's popularity exploded in Australia during the weeks of the 22nd and 29th of September, 2008, when all four of the band's studio albums reached the top 50, with Youth and Young Manhood making its first top 50 chart appearance since its release in 2003, peaking at number 46. The album sold more than 940,000 copies worldwide, and was ranked at #80 in Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of the Decade.
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