This legendary Lincoln, NE, power pop band's final and most readily available album perfectly illustrates their literate style of elegant guitar-driven pop. Having formed at the conclusion of the '80s, the group was no doubt influenced by mid-'80s modern rock groups such as the Replacements, along with songwriters such as Bob Mould. Their songs often drift back and forth between acoustic and electric guitar sounds, yet are always vocal-driven, harmonious, and fairly upbeat. Though contemporary audiences may not be familiar with the Young Executives, anyone intrigued by the '90s Nebraskan indie rock scene centered on -ismist Recordings and Fire Records should probably investigate this band, since they were Lincoln's pre-eminent late-'80s indie rock band. No album showcases their aesthetic better than Cottonwood, a minor cult favorite.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Birchmeier