Young the Giant

Young the Giant

by Young the GiantYoung the Giant




The West Coast jazz-evoking album jacket of Young the Giant's self-titled debut doesn't exactly paint an accurate picture of the California quintet's breezy modern rock sound, but it does complement it quite nicely. Here's a band signed to a heavy metal label, whose music is anything but, and which actually excels through recurring shows of subtlety, not force. That's not to say Young the Giant don't know how to rock; tracks like "My Body," "Garands," and "St. Walker" plug the guitars in and crank them up to that "tough but hooky" sweet spot inhabited by the Kings of Leon and sometimes even My Morning Jacket (whose producer, Bo Koster, adds keyboards to several cuts here). But it's dreamier fare like opener "Apartment," "Guns Out," and the vaguely Hawaiian "Strings" that really pricks the ears like Fleet Foxes-lite (or may Nada Surf 2.0): all soothing murmurs and sumptuous warm melodies -- minus about a million multi-tracked parts. The band really only gets into trouble when "I Got," "Cough Syrup," and a few other tunes float dangerously close to the Coldplay clouds, saving face only by the skin of their teeth. (Another track, "Your Side," has nothing but guest keyboards from Jellyfish alum Roger Manning Jr. to recommend it.) Nevertheless, there's an unquestionably seductive flow about Young the Giant's debut that's sure to lure in many wandering postmodern rock children, looking for alternatives beyond the same old blockbuster bands name-checked above.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Roadrunner Records
UPC: 0016861780623
catalogNumber: 178062

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Young the Giant   Primary Artist
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Sean Fischer   Cello
Bo Koster   Keyboards
Eric Cannata   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Ehson Hashemian   Keyboards,Vocals
Jacob Tilley   Guitar,Group Member
Payam Doostzadeh   Bass,Group Member
Sameer Gadhia   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Francois Comtois   Drums,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Joe Chiccarelli   Producer,Engineer
Bill Mims   Engineer
Mike Daly   Composer
Lars Fox   Engineer
Ben Adelson   Management
Ian Kirkpatrick   Engineer,Additional Production
Young the Giant   Composer,Producer
Jeffrey Hasson   Booking
Drew Simmons   Management
Ehson Hashemian   Composer

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