• Record Label: Sire
  • Release Date: Feb 14, 2006
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Broudie... supplies the record with more thrust and polish than some of these half-written songs deserve.
  2. Exceptional technical ability, lyrical insight far beyond their years and unbridled exuberance merge into one of the most promising rock entrances since Radiohead's "Pablo Honey." [18 Feb 2006]
  3. 84
    Chock full of indie anthems that possess the straightforward bravado of early Oasis singles, the punch of Ash's finest moments and Kurt Cobain's ear for a pop hook amidst the noise and confusion. [#19, p.101]
  4. There's no denying the music is ridiculously fun, as it bounces from Strokes-style garage riffs and Nirvana-esque angst to epic Brit-pop melodies and pop twists.
  5. [A] sterling debut. [Mar 2006, p.122]
  6. Young for Eternity is the record that US labelmates the Von Bondies should have made to follow-up Pawn Shoppe Heart, and the album that the White Stripes should make period.
  7. What makes the Subways stand apart with their brand of angst-ridden, razor garage-rock guile is that they truly sound like teenagers.
  8. Crackles with the cocky, hormonal exuberance of youth: it's a profoundly teenage album. [Aug 2005, p.126]
  9. Young For Eternity ultimately makes them a likable new addition to the rock scene.
  10. Perfectly good, if unspectacular, indie-rock singalongs. [17 Feb 2006, p.76]
  11. Too often the rawk they bring feels terribly labored.
  12. Feels comfortably familiar even as it rages to say something new.
  13. You can't help but feel The Subways are stuck between rock and a slightly harder place, and are just a bit confused. [9 Jul 2005, p.57]
  14. 60
    Some occasional local-band lyricism proves to be an Achilles Heel. [Sep 2005, p.108]
  15. Swings from rapid-fire rockers to acoustic-inspired melodic pieces. [Feb/Mar 2006, p.97]
  16. Their sound and influences seem to jump out all over the place, but regardless, it is entertaining.
  17. Some restraint could take this band a long way. [#12, p.97]
  18. 50
    What's missing so far... is the offbeat charisma that would make the Subways into something more than a high-school cover band that got lucky. [Apr 2006, p.118]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    8
    The Subways are a good punk rock British band. Young For Eternity really shows it. They have great punk rock tracks but they also switch toThe Subways are a good punk rock British band. Young For Eternity really shows it. They have great punk rock tracks but they also switch to acoustic soft melodies at times and it's a really great transition. You get Billy Lun's hard vocals and punk rock roots in tracks such as "Rock And Roll Queen" and "Oh Yeah" but then you get tracks like "Mary" where it's acoustic and his voice is slowed down and you get the best of both voices and I really liked that about this album. All In All, Young For Eternity is a great punk rock debut. B+ Full Review »
  2. Bruno
    Apr 7, 2008
    7
    As a debut album from young kids, it sounds really promising. It's a straightforward album, in which simplicity and honesty dominates As a debut album from young kids, it sounds really promising. It's a straightforward album, in which simplicity and honesty dominates all the songs. No fancy riffs and adornments, just plain teeny rock n' roll / punk. The instrumentals aren't outstanding, but they are competent. The vocals are very nice and, at times, very inspired, while the lyrics are simple, but they don't jeopardize the songs. Full Review »
  3. JohnD.
    Mar 10, 2008
    10
    this is just to even out what Kid A and TG Corke marked the album. No album should get a 0.