The Early Years The Early Years

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London's The Early Years loves Neu!-specifically "Hallogallo." And why not? It's the most perfectly realized sonic encapsulation of graceful movement ever. The Early Years' self-titled debut uses that paean to smooth propulsion as its default mode, but other facets emerge, too. They show a predilection for mellow slide-guitar sighs and sincere balladry, like Spiritualized at their most pensive, as well as soulful drone dirges á la Spirit of Eden-era Talk Talk. When they're not in headlong motorik mode, The Early Years tends to descend-and ascend-into sentimentality and bombast. Nevertheless, this disc reveals a potentially great epic rock band.