Album Remarks & Appraisals:
The third album from this Chicago band contains thirteen songs clocking in at thirty-six minutes. "Amanda and Joe Ziemba are a married rock duo who'll never be as big as The White Stripes but have a better sweater drawer. Joe sings punk, Amanda sings pretty, finishing each other's lines" - Spin. "The songs are played with go-for-broke ferocity: Joe tears at the syllables, Amanda crushes the beats, and yet the melodies never melt despite the heated environs. The songs are as sturdy and resilient as the characters in Ziemba's narratives. Hanging on for dear life as the world blitzes past in two-minute bursts" - Chicago Tribune. "The Ziembas never sound like just two people: they play tight power-pop as if they had an extra person or two. In fact, they sound closer to The Spinanes than to The White Stripes, and closer still to twice-their-size groups like Weezer" - Pitchfork.
Magnet (p.100) - "[They] channel desperation and disillusionment through 13 cathartic songs....Alluring."
The Like Young: Amanda Ziemba, Joe Ziemba.
Personnel: Amanda Ziemba (vocals, drums).
Recording information: Chicago, IL.
Chicago duo the Like Young play smart pop with punk tendencies--husband and wife Amanda and Joe Ziemba split the vocal duties, and get a lot of sonic mileage out of their limited instrumentation thanks to imaginative arrangements and sophisticated production flourishes. Songs like "For Money or Love" and "All the Wrong Reasons" hint at a hardscrabble indie-rock existence, and the whole set is driven by a kind of desperate last-ditch energy that may be uncomfortable to live through but sure makes for great rock & roll.