After their hit single “Cough Syrup” and the success of their self-titled debut, Young the Giant is back with their sophomore album, Mind Over Matter. Young the Giant is an American indie rock band originating from Southern California. The band consists of lead singer Sameer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley, guitarist Eric Cannata, bassists Payam Doostzadeh, and drummer Francois Comtois. Mind over Matter was released on January 21, 2014 through Fueled by Ramen and was produced by Grammy – nominated producer Justin Meldal – Johnsen.
Young the Giant’s new album begins with an instrumentation intro called “Slow Dive“.” Through the intro, the instruments gradually increase in both power and volume until the song comes to an abrupt end. Although it is abrupt, it smoothly transitions into the second song off the album, “Anagram.”
The first single that released off this album is “It’s About Time.” The song begins with the guitars and drums, providing the track with a rock feeling to it. What I like about the track is that there are lyrics whispered, which gave a mysterious feeling to it. There is also what sounds like an electronic harp, which adds on to the mysterious feeling.
The next single released off of the album is “Crystallize,” which begins with a yell. Through this upbeat song, Gadhia’s voice is filled with emotions that happen to reflect the lyrics he is singing. The instrumentation of this song feels like southern electric rock. It also has an electric piano accompanying the percussion and the guitars during certain parts of the track.
One of the songs that I like off their album was “Firelight.” “Firelight” has a steady slow tempo throughout the piece. Gadhia’s singing is accompanied with a clean, warm guitar, which provides a rich sound.
Going into this album review, I wasn’t that familiar with their freshman album, Young the Giant. However, I did come in knowing their singles off of that album, “Cough
Syrup” and “My Body.” Overall, I thought Mind Over Matter was an okay album. The album provides a variety of different songs, which will provide each listener with a few songs they’ll like. To me, there were a few songs that are worth remembering, but a good chunk that aren’t. Throughout the album, the instrumentation, structure, and vocal delivery were largely the same, which could play a role in why I don’t remember a lot of the songs. The thing that I disliked from this album was that there wasn’t anything that made the band stand out from other artists in their genre. Even though they are relatively still a new band, I believe that in the years ahead, Young the Giant needs to find their signature sound that will make them stand out from the crowd.
Young the Giant began their tour on April 6 in Seattle, Washington, and will continue their tour until this summer. August 03, 2014 will be their last scheduled tour date, which is at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Illinois.