Young The Giant is ready to make heads roll with the release of their second album Mind Over Matter.
The group first broke onto the scene in 2010 with the first self-titled album Young The Giant.
The album was well received with Amazon.com giving it the title of one of the “Best Rock Albums of 2010” at number three on their list.
Their second album is set to be released on Jan. 21, but has given fans three songs as teasers so far.
Their lead single “It’s About Time,” is the main highlight of the Album.
The track leaves the most impression on the listener due to its underlying message about feeling trapped in an impossible situation and wanting to hold until they reach the other side instead of taking the easy way out.
In an Interview with Rolling Stones, drummer Francois Comtois said, “The song came from this realization we could do what we wanted to do and be honest about it.”
The performance of the band really shines here with their great use of hard hitting drums and catchy riffs.
The song “Crystalized” has a calmer pace than “It’s About Time” but that works in its favor, giving the listener an opportunity to absorb the lead singer, Sameer Gadhia’s strong vocals.
“Crystallized was definitely my favorite track because it brings a little bit of the old school sound and presents it in a new refreshing way,” said Luis Petty, student.
The song’s emphasis on the vocals kept it from sounding too similar to the rest, letting it stand out.
Student Alex Gonzalez said, “Crystallized was definitely the most enjoyable because it kept a good tone throughout and was pleasing to hear.”
It’s easy to see that “Crystallized” is a song that people enjoy and will keep in their playlist.
“Mind Over Matter” is the most relaxed song in the album and although it sounds good, it is lacking the enthusiasm of the other two songs.
The song looks at the singer’s constant thoughts of a special someone in his mind.
Romance songs seem to be a hit or miss and “Mind Over Matter” unfortunately does not live up as one of the greater songs.
The lyrics in the song have no meaning and fall short of leaving an impression.
“And when the seasons change, I missed that train,” I am still trying to figure out what this means.
Petty said, “It’s a song I could listen to, but it feels too repetitive and falls short of its strong intro.”
“Mind Over Matter” suffers from a little bit too much repetition and is longer than necessary, losing its momentum three minutes into the track.
Most listeners could probably overlook this, as the song is entertaining enough to please most ears.
While not every song may be a hit, it’s easy to see that there’s a little bit of something that everyone can enjoy and jam to.
Each song in the album brings its own distinct style that makes the listener want to play each one without getting bored of repetitiveness.
“Young The Giant” has been able to release tracks that are entertaining and fun.
Mind Over Matter is sure to bring something new and refreshing to the table that listeners are sure to enjoy.