Carson gave this album
Youthanasia lives up to my high expectations of Megadeth albums being an energetic album with quality vocals and having a good balance between rhythm and melody on the tracks.
Songs such as "À Tout le Monde" and "Addicted to Chaos" are very melodic while tracks such as "Train of Consequences" and "Reckoning Day" are more focussed on Rhythm. These latter two songs are done so well that the listener actually gets the impression of a train speeding down the tracks or gunfire in "Train of Consequences" and "Reckoning Day" respectively.
For those expecting messages in Mustaine's songs, you wont be disappointed. This is one area where Megadeth is never lacking on their albums; whether you like their message or not, they always have one. "Family Tree" tells the story of how child abuse tends to run in families as abusers may grow up to become abusers themselves. This is illustrated in the line "I know they were doing it to you, but don't try doing it to me." The title track, "Youthanasia", examines how many governments' priorities need to be sorted out. "À Tout le Monde" tells of a person who has died and the how the living are harmed more by death than the deceased. Victory is a whimsical, if anything from Megadeth can be described such, poetic recapping of all of the songs from their prior albums.
I am conflicted with my assessment of "À Tout le Monde". Overall, I think this is a much better song than "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free)" from United Abominations because of the guitar effects. However, the vocal switch off between Mustaine and Scabbia - of Lacuna Coil - on United Abominations adds something to the song.
Overall, this is one of Megadeth's better albums, and I would highly recommend it to Megadeth fans, or people who are just discovering Megadeth and wanting to purchase their first Megadeth album.
|1.||Reckoning Day||7.||Blood of Heroes|
|2.||Train of Consequences||8.||Family Tree|
|3.||Addicted to Chaos||9.||Youthanasia|
|4.||À Tout le Monde||10.||I Thought I Knew It All|
|5.||Elysian Fields||11.||Black Curtains|
|6.||The Killing Road||12.||Victory|