Mind Over Matter

Young The Giant

Fueled by Ramen, 2014


REVIEW BY: Pete Crigler


Jesus Christ! As the first big alternative album of 2014, Mind Over Matter – the long awaited sophomore release from Young The Giant – is a helluva disc. It’s been a time of change for the band as they’ve begun exploring different styles and have switched record labels from Roadrunner to Fueled By Ramen. They preceded the record with two singles that display a somewhat new sound. The first single, “It’s About Time,” was all over rock radio and was a bit of a departure from the first album but was warmly received by fans. Second single “Crystallized” has a sound that is more reminiscent of the first album and is already firmly planted in the heads of fans thanks to radio and YouTube.my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

Pairing with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Paramore, Beck) allowed the band to stretch their wings a bit. This new record is a massive success and works damn well as the band toys with different sounds. Anyone looking for a new “Cough Syrup” is likely to be disappointed, but open-minded individuals without preconceived expectations will be more than satisfied. When you have songs like “In My Home,” “Teachers,” and “Camera,” you have nothing to bitch about. That main trio of songs are so astounding, so astronomically amazing and awe-inspiring they demand infinite repeats and out loud singalongs. Never did I think could I love more songs than I do these ones, particularly “In My Home.”

Throughout the record, the band fires on all cylinders. Sameer Gadhia’s vocals are so amazing, they almost defy reality. Song after song, he delivers full-on capability and talent with the band extremely tight behind him, playing new melodies and beats. YTG is so awe-inspiring; they’re capable of almost anything.

The whole album is great and aside from the previously mentioned trio, another song blew my mind: “Firelight,” which is full of majestic beauty in its stunning arrangements. With this disc, Mind Over Matter instantly became the album of the year for me and thousands more who enjoy great music without all the frills. There’s no sophomore jinx to be found here.

Rating: A

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