Free At Last
Label: Revelation Records
Debate has always swirled around Youth Of Today's musical accomplishments. Were they merely regurgitating what had come before, or did they represent a genuinely new voice in New York hardcore? Their detractors had a point: While Break Down the Walls explodes with an energy and anger that at times is truly overwhelming, it doesn't break any new ground, sonically. Then again, the record was far more of a cultural event, with singer Ray Cappo's bombastic political sloganeering and moral self-righteousness helping turn "youth crew" (as well as straight-edge philosophy) into a national movement.