TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 |
Posted by: Joe Puglisi
With their self-titled album, Young The Giant have demonstrated their sticky alternative rock vehicles are worthy of the heat-seeker label. With a smattering of stand-out catchy tracks, each taking an unexpected turn in hum-able delights, the band rips through common phrases and cements them into strict melodic movements. After one listen of Young The Giant, it's hard to imagine things like "after leaving your apartment" and "my body tells me no" in any other context, and that's the mark of effective musicianship, no matter how simple. All the best pop tunes stake a claim over one or two words or phrases, and Young The Giant have made their demands clear; ears and mind-jukeboxes everywhere shall belong to them, no argument.
The two aforementioned phrases impact in the first two, and easily most effective tracks on the album. First the mellow/dramatic "Apartment" floats on a tasty bass riff and sets the stage for the band to shred "My Body", a fantastic, energetic bit of guitars and drums fit for any relationship-induced bender of empowerment. Even the most skeptical will fall to the charming momentum of Young The Giants determinism. "My Body" is the spark in the engine.
The rest of the collection sparkles with no less attraction, albeit with a little more even-tempered modern rock radio frosting. From the pleasant sunset harmonies on the chorus of "I Got" to the harmonic riff of "Guns Out", it's fun for fans of every contemporary motif.
And definitely do not dismiss it all as flat or regurgitated—indicative of the mastery murmuring beneath are specific moments that add color and life. The terse space in between words of "Islands" speaks to a larger sense of emotional timing. The excellent drum support in "Cough Syrup" demonstrates an attention to subtler elements. These minute details provides timed accents that noisier acts tend to incidentally gain through sloppiness. There is no greater joy than hearing a band with an acute ear using the studio resources given to them to create layers that resonate louder than the standard deviation. Young The Giant certainly speaks to this mentality—even if it is using the same established mediums, the final product is still a worthwhile synthesis of skill and vision.