We kick things off with “I’m Not Listening To You” which has a gradual introduction, slowly rising in intensity before letting rip, unveiling the interesting inclusion of synthesizers, a new instrument in the bands arsenal showing growth and musical progression. It adds character to the bands already up-beat blend of pop-infused melodic rock, complimenting Monroe’s vocals nicely. There’s a slick guitar solo thrown in for good measure too, courtesy of Matt Bond, this is a great start. Lead single “Alive”, despite its slightly subdued intro is absolutely huge, Monroe allowed to really belt out the chorus with clear passion and she’s got one hell of a voice to do it with, there’s anthem written all over this one.
The bands penchant for dropping incredibly infectious tunes is proven without a doubt here on album number two; too, with tracks such as “Just Move On”, recent single “The One” (which has a bonkers video to boot) and album highlight “Bedroom Karate” all proving to be enjoyable listens, while elsewhere they get to showcase their softer side; with “Darkest Wedding” and especially “Holding On” carrying heaps of sentiment, Monroe’s lyrics putting all emotions proudly on display. With several high profile bands from Wales disappearing over the past year alone, “Gold Dust” is exactly what we needed and here it proves they have what it takes to step up and then some. The Dirty Youth aren't fool’s gold; they’re 24 carat…and lucky for us, they’re here to stay.