Monday 20 November 2017

Review: Young the Giant: Young the Giant ***


John Meagher

John Meagher

Sounding like a composite of Coldplay and Maroon 5, this Californian quintet's stock-in-trade are big songs with big choruses.

Formerly toiling in the margins as The Jakes (no, me neither), this album finds Young the Giant unashamedly gunning for the big time and has the potential to make a significant impact. It has already done well in the US, when it was released there late last year.

The band's cause is helped by single and second track, My Body, a huge bruiser of an anthem that, once heard, is unlikely to be forgotten. Wonderfully catchy and boasting a stadium-sized chorus, it could well do for this lot what Sweet Disposition managed for The Temper Trap.

And the first half of this album shows that Sameer Gadhia and friends have several songs to rival (but not quite match) My Body, not least the radio-friendly pair Apartment and Cough Syrup. The latter, incidentally, was co-written with ex-Jakes bandmate Ehson Hashemian in 2008.

Towards the end, the quality dips badly as the group run out of steam and out of songs that Gadhia describes as "summery; kind of an Orange County sound". But there's more than enough here to suggest that Young The Giant have the pop smarts to write a consistently stronger album in future.

Burn it: My Body; Apartment

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