Angel Youth showcases the pain and anger from a relationship
gone bad. It's emo, but Last Days Of April take it to another level,
delivering the signature power and emotion of great emo with string
arrangements, ethereal guitars, synthesizers, a Rhodes electric piano
and more instruments than you can count on two hands.
No stone of anguish is left unturned here as singer/songwriter Karl
Larsson describes his recovery from a failed relationship. Every
line is directed to his ex-lover. The direct, simple words sound as
if they were taken straight from a diary. In "Aspirins and Alcohol,"
Larsson sings, "Will aspirins and alcohol some way decrease the ache
from knowing that you will do to him the same you did to me?" In
"Life Companion Murphy's Law" he pours out his longing for his
departed lover: "Do not walk away"; "I am shaking on the floor
thinking of where you are right now"; and "If something is not right
we will fix it/ if you need more time just go ahead and say it."
Angel Youth hits all of the emotions generated by the painful
end of a serious relationship. And what better way to display these
extreme emotions than with large orchestral arrangements to underline
the drama? This album is a grand statement about a simple, profound
thing: the end of a love affair.