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For their second full-length album, Young the Giant tapped producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, a longtime Beck collaborator whose production credits include boundary-blurring rockers like Blood Orange, M83, and Neon Trees. Meldal-Johnsen’s subtle, densely textured aesthetic is ideal for the expansive, guitar-driven rock on Mind Over Matter. While the majority of the album is filled with hard-driving anthems and shout-along choruses (“Crystalized,” “Anagram,” “It’s About Time”), the band also incorporate textures of jazz, darkwave, and electropop to offer a riveting and unpredictable ride.

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Perfectly Original

Young The Giant is one my favorite bands and one of the best contemporary bands out there. This album is nothing short of amazing, a fantastic way to build on their incredible first album. Their sound is original and pure and their talent is raw an uncompromised, I suggest anyone who even somewhat likes Alt/Indie/Rock to listen to these guys and anyone who liked their first album will love this one!


I didn't think I would like this album more than their debut album, which I really really loved and played on repeat constantly. To be honest, the first time I listened to the entirety of this album, I was disappointed. I think my mind was really tied to the other songs I had gotten accustomed to hearing. The sound is different, far more mature. But it's extraordinarily beautiful. Upon the third listen, I was completely in lovvvvve. They have really grown and the sound is something new and wonderful. The vocals and the composition of each song compliment each other so well. I love how each flow into the next. This is what a true album is in music, something that in its entirety takes you to another world and together create something so seamless. My favorites are "Camera" and "Waves," for now, as I'm sure that I'll love the other songs even more as I continue to listen obsessively.


To be honest: I love YTG. But c’mon there’s gotta be a reason why they changed that much. I mean their first album is a shining star. I listen to it since release and it seems I can never listen enough. So I was really happy to hear of a second album. But Single releases and Making Of Videos already kept me doubting… and it turns out that I was right. This one is background music. Nothing more. But maybe they got a good deal with Warner for that...


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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Mind Over Matter, Young the Giant
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Rock
  • Released: Jan 17, 2014
  • Parental Advisory

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