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On the surface, Young the Giant’s eponymous debut juggles a few curious contradictions. The album art looks a West Coast jazz LP circa 1966 and they’re signed to Roadrunner Records, a label specializing mostly in heavy metal. Yet from the first song “Apartment,” it’s evident that the Irvine, California quintet plays the kind of handsome and finessed indie rock that fans of Fleet Foxes and Kings Of Leon are sure to enjoy. The following standout “My Body” unleashes some harder-rocking guitars that compete with singer Sameer Gadhia for catchiest melody. Even the anthemic, fist-pumping chorus is loaded with barbed song hooks. The breezy “Cough Syrup” contrasts moody cellos with some shimmering keyboard work by My Morning Jacket’s Bo Koster, but it’s the winding guitars here that jump out. The similarly arresting “Your Side” features another notable guest on keyboard – Roger Manning Jr. of Jellyfish fame. Gadhia croons like Coldplay’s Chris Martin throughout save for “St. Walker” where his register stretches up into his own tone.

Customer Reviews

Pleasantly Obsessed

I got "My Body" when it was the free song of the week on Itunes, and then bought the rest of the album that night! I've been listening to them nonstop for at least a week straight and absolutely LOVE them!!! I can't wait for their next album so I have more songs to sing along to!

Young the Giant is such a breath of fresh air and great to listen to no matter where you are; driving to school, work, on a roadtrip, or just chilling in bed!

This album is DEFINITELY worth buying!!

A Great One

From the opening seconds of Apartment your brought into a world of immense amazing indie tunes. Young The Giant is possibly the best album i've heard this year and maybe is an award worthy album at for the grammys 2012. If your looking for your first great indie buy of 2011 you've found it. No record so far draws you in and sends you on a journy through a misticle land of great songs quite like this. A must listen.


I got their free song a few weeks ago and fell in love. Decided to buy the whole album and i listen to it allll the time! absolutely in love.


Formed: 2004 in Irvine, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formerly known as the Jakes, Young the Giant began making eclectic indie rock in Irvine, California, where bandmates Sameer Gadhia (vocals), Jacob Tilley (guitar), Eric Cannata (guitar), Payam Doostzadeh (bass), and François Comtois (drummer) all met each other during high school. Following graduation, the guys ditched their respective bands and formed their own outfit, drawing upon their European and Middle Eastern roots to forge a worldly, summery sound. Although the boys left Orange County shortly...
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