MIDNIGHT YOUTH: World Comes Calling
By Amanda Mills
Think Big. Not only a 1970’s economic manifesto, but also the concept behind Midnight Youth’s latest album, ‘World Comes Calling’. Appearing nearly three years after their platinum debut ‘The Brave Don’t Run’, their second release has a lot to live up to, and does so by being wider in scope, reflecting the band’s broader experiences gained on the back of the debut’s success. ‘World Comes Calling’ doesn’t deviate from Midnight Youth’s brand of rock, though instead of the brashness in early songs like Cavalry, the music here is slickly produced, replicating their live shows. This time wholly produced by Aucklander Andrew Buckton ‘World Comes Calling’ is again packed with radio-friendly songs, and a number, like The Street and World Comes Calling, are anthemic, though in a Coldplay rather than U2 vein. The wider musical scope and sound largely works: the grimy, bluesy Won’t Stop is light years ahead of most chart material, though due to songwriting rather than production. At 10 songs, ‘World Comes Calling’ is a good length, and ends with two tracks that are quite different – French Girl is a memorable Springsteen-esque slow burner, while Mark My Words is the album’s quiet, affecting closer. This is a big statement album that will do well for Midnight Youth.