In the past few years, Yungblud – AKA Dominic Richard Harrison – has earned himself an all but cult following and racked up millions of streams on several streaming platforms and his latest release, ‘The Underrated Youth’ EP is almost certain to earn him more.
While some artists in the industry prefer to play by the rules, Yungblud isn’t afraid to speak his mind and, as he did on his debut album ’21st Century Liability’, he’s done so again on this new collection, only this time, his messages are clearer and sharper than ever before.
Opening track “Braindead” gets things off to a fantastic start and will go down a storm with anyone who is a fan of indie-rock and bands such as Arctic Monkeys. Next up is “Parents”, – all but a slamming of those who refuse to take people like himself and younger generations seriously – followed by newest single “Original Me”, which features Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and is practically bursting with how much electro-rock is in it – and that’s not a bad thing, btw. It’s also a highlight of the EP, and is testament to just how gifted a lyricist Yungblud is. He isn’t afraid to set out his thoughts and feelings on the page, and then on a record and, as a song written about the negative sides of mental health and how it can leave you feeling like you’re not as good or worthy of good things in your life as others, “Original Me” has and will continue to hit close to home for and connect with a lot of people who hear it.
The track from which the EP’s title is taken meanwhile, “Hope For The Underrated Youth” is almost certainly set to become an anthem for his fans and indeed young people all over the country, if not the world, as we all look towards the future. Yungblud is optimistic of said future – one which as he addresses so brilliantly in the song, will be changed and shaped by those individuals of his generation.
While Yungblud’s debut album proved and showcased his talent and made thousands upon thousands of people sit up and take note of him, the strength of ‘The Underrated Youth’ as a whole means it deserves to go one better and turn this gifted young man – someone who is already a voice for the misplaced, the ignored and the “different” – into a performer the world should listen to.