Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. May 7, 2012
    90
    They may have just crafted a masterpiece.
  2. 80
    The musical leaps Punch Brothers takes are invigorating, sometimes breathtaking.
  3. Mar 15, 2012
    40
    [He is] an exceptional mandolinist and brilliant composer ... however, Thile's deficiency as songwriter has begun to bleed through, and the quintet's third album quickly wears thin.
  4. Mar 1, 2012
    80
    Who's Feeling Young Now?, the group's third album and strongest collection to date.
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    91
    Punch Brothers' third album as a group, Who's Feeling Young Now?, sees Thile and company continuing their evolution into a more egalitarian enterprise, sounding less like a hot-shit mandolin player with a crack backing ensemble and more like a band--and something like a rock band, at that.
  6. Feb 21, 2012
    40
    The band's twinkle-toed banjo runs and acoustic duelling fall flat here, hobbled by dreary songwriting.
  7. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    Disjointedness and pretension are twin possibilities, but the Punch Brothers avoid both pitfalls; what results is always interesting, and sometimes spectacular.
  8. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    The third outing from the Punch Brothers picks up right where 2010's Antifogmatic left off, offering up another quality set of offbeat sophisti-grass that blends the whirlwind musicianship of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones, the spirited delivery of the Louvin Brothers, and the cinematic urban melancholy of Jeff Buckley into a sometimes impenetrable but always fascinating.
  9. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    Thile has a fine tenor, and if the originals don't reach pop heights, they strike a nice balance between old-school and modern.
  10. Feb 13, 2012
    70
    Mr. Thile on mandolin, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Gabe Witcher on fiddle, Chris Eldridge on guitar and Paul Kowert on bass--have shifted the emphasis from instrumental wizardry to playful storytelling on this album, their third.
  11. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    There are fine, unexpectedly jaunty melodies here, but they come wrapped in complex arrangements.
  12. Chris Thile is the most remarkable mandolinist in the world; fluent, articulate and sometimes just a little too clever to be truly engaging.
  13. Feb 13, 2012
    88
    Who's Feeling Young Now? strikes a perfect balance between flash and form, running blistered fingers on otherwise scholarly templates.
  14. Apr 2, 2012
    80
    An astonishing, envelope-pushing vision that mocks the idea of bluegrass being a revival genre. [Apr 2012, p.94]
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jan 7, 2014
    10
    First of all, it is important to note that this is NOT a straight-up bluegrass album. This is easily one of my favorite albums, period. I can listen to it any time. The title track, Who's Feeling Young Now, gives off the intensity and energy of a punk-rock ballad. And the arpeggios used in Don't Get Married blow my mind. If you have a chance to see this talented group live, you will not be disappointed. Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2013
    8
    Not as good as 'Antifogmatic' but still very lovely. They have a completely authentic style, which makes it all flow nicely. Every new chord explored every track that goes, 'Who's Feeling Young Now?' shown increasingly solid. Full Review »
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    6
    Without a doubt Punch Brothers have the skills which many instrumentalist musicians might envy. Their bluegrass performance is high-flying one, but on the latest - third album "Who's Feeling Young Now?", guys sometimes ovedid with its intensity, just like with the vocals - and that's why songs sometimes seem chaotic. In any case this is not a bad album - just to mention bluegrass essence in the "Movement and Location", quiet folk ballad "Soon Or Never", or a great - totally instrumental country song: "Flippen". For the hesitant is worth mentioning that on the album there is absolutely brilliant cover of "Kid A" by Radiohead. Full Review »