Record Review 

On their first album in nearly three years, the Young Antiques personify the "quality over quantity" work ethic. While Clockworker punches in at a mere 25 minutes, YA's new material is anything but workman-like.

The 'Tiques rock around this Clock, mixing intelligent '80s new wave with unpretentious but slightly abrasive Americana. The longing desolation of the moody opening track "The Winning Season" only serves to make the driving intensity of "Porcelain" even stronger.

While both "Adore" and "Is it On?" hint at the raw power of YA's live show, the latter stands as a direct stylistic holdover from their previous effort, the slightly superior Wardrobe for a Jet Weekend. Still, Blake Rainey, Blake Parris and new drummer John Speaks have birthed a blazing blurt of an album that certainly bests anything by the often-dreary Wilco.

The static collage of the brief title track divides the set nicely and spirals seamlessly into the rousing Westerberg-fueled pop swagger of "Little to the Left." The solitary "On a Planet" hints at the stark emotional power of Rainey's more introspective solo material. The full band then roars back for a blistering new reading of "Holiday," originally from YA's debut EP. "Radio Kill Radio" closes the album with a Costello-esque slam.

While they certainly are not Atlanta's most prolific band, the Young Antiques are definitely one of the very best. Like a quick audio snack at morning break time, Clockworker leaves the listener hungry for more. Let's just hope it's not another three years till lunch.


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