Mind Over Matter by Young the Giant

Mixed Media
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Although Young the Giant has been playing together since 2004 (as The Jakes), they got their big break in 2009 when they signed to Roadrunner Records and released their self-title debut album. On this second record they hold onto their indie rock credibility, including plenty of pop hooks to keep the listener singing along. Popular with high school and college students, they dabble in sounds of more innovative indie artists like Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot, but remain firmly in the pop/rock genre.

The early tracks on this album get the heart racing with driving rhythms and atmospheric vocals, turning any room into an arena. It peaks at the title track and then takes on a more folksy subdued direction for the second half of the album.

Lyrically the band stays in the margins of pop songs and their young audience with songs about crushes, unrequited love, and coming of age. A well-produced, feel-good record. Play it loud, but don't ignore the quieter songs. (Fueled by Ramen)

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