Young Hunger

  • Record Label: Cascine
  • Release Date: Oct 30, 2012
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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Overall, Young Hunger is the sound of an artist spreading himself too thin.

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