Young Hunger - Chad Valley
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    His heavy use of synthesizers might pin him to an era, but his tenor is timeless.
  2. Nov 1, 2012
    80
    Some moments aren't the best--his duet with Jack Goldstein, "My Girl," stumbles a bit at the start--but such killers as "Fell 4 U" with Glasser and "Fathering/Mothering" with Anne Lise Frokedal showcase both his ear for vocal counterparts and his immediate, beautiful arrangements.
  3. Nov 5, 2012
    74
    Young Hunger proves that Valley can shine even on the most crowded of dance floors.
  4. Nov 19, 2012
    70
    It's easy to see from this record just why Hugo Manuel is in such demand and his debut, as Chad Valley will provide a significant springboard to ever more exciting climbs.
  5. Nov 7, 2012
    70
    Young Hunger is a solidly crafted album that manages to give hints at what Chad Valley does best while musically supporting a bunch of his buddies.
  6. Nov 1, 2012
    70
    Even if Manuel's a better producer and pop visionary than he is a singer, Young Hunger is still a delightfully shameless, anthemic embrace of young love, keyboard wizardry, the '80s, and the '90s.
  7. Nov 1, 2012
    70
    The many guests on Young Hunger prevent the album from getting too bogged down in schmaltz, adding color and texture to the record.
  8. 70
    With Young Hunger, Manuel has carved out an album that hardly gives you a chance to wipe the smile off your face--or pull yourself from the dance floor.
  9. Overall, Young Hunger is the sound of an artist spreading himself too thin.
  10. Nov 21, 2012
    60
    Compared with the clever appropriations of others who share his historical interests Manual veers close to pastiche. [Dec 2012, p.101]
  11. Nov 16, 2012
    60
    Like Within and Without, it's no overhaul, but Young Hunger has a much more immediate presence, more direct in both a melodic and emotional sense and generally with a lot more 'oomph'.
  12. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    For the most part this album, while as slickly produced as the classic pop it references, only faintly smoulders without igniting.
  13. Nov 26, 2012
    50
    The production is highly polished and everything appears to be utterly disposable.
  14. 50
    Disappointingly, given his previous sterling output, this is a pretty boneless pastiche of the genre.
  15. Nov 21, 2012
    40
    It is gloss and fluff masquerading as euphoric heartbreak. It makes Savage Garden sound like Leonard Cohen.
  16. Nov 16, 2012
    40
    Surrounding himself with talent that far surpasses his own doesn't hide the weakness of many of these tracks.

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