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Airy, eclectic indie rock from the Southern California quintet. Produced in part by frequent Kanye collaborator and “Uptown Funk” co-writer Jeff Bhasker, Strange puts a gently contemporary spin on '70s styles, evoking early Michael Jackson (“Elsewhere”), prime Led Zeppelin (“Jungle Youth”), and the soft rock dreams of Toto (“Titus Was Born”).

Customer Reviews

are you kidding

these guys are insanely great at what they do

Better with more listens

The more I listen to this album, the more I like it. It's beautiful and feels very thoughtful.

This one's not for me :(

Let me start off by saying that I really love these guys! Their incredibly talented artists and their music is on a different level than so many other bands I listen to. I have been a fan since the first time I heard My Body playing on the radio. That day, I went home after work and purchased the entire album without hearing another song first. Every track on their debut album was perfect, mellow and laid back, it was exactly the kind of music that I had been looking for.

Their second album was great too. Eros was the only song that I was so-so on, but the album overall was great. It felt like they were not only growing as a band, but also growing as individuals, challenging themselves to express their experiences and emotions musically in a brand new way. So, when they announced this album, I was ecstatic! I loved their last two albums so much that preordering this one was a no-brainer.

The first couple of singles that came out were amazing! Amerika and Something to Believe In felt fresh, yet similar enough to their other music to make me feel like they fit well with their catalogue. The next song I heard was Titus Was Born. I thought it was okay, but as far as their softer songs go, I prefer Islands and Firelight (in that order). Then I heard Jungle Youth and Silvertongue and really started to get worried. Both songs had an almost staccato feel to the way they were sung and the songs didn’t seem to flow like their other songs.

The main thing that I felt when I listened to them was that they were kind of strange, which might be fitting, considering the title of the album. Now that the album is out and I have listened to it 15 or so times, I feel like this is the case for many parts of the album. I really enjoy the first part of Elsewhere, but it loses me about two-thirds of the way through (around 2:32). The same goes for Repeat. It starts off well, but when the guitars come in, they feel too twangy and disconnected with the intro.

Overall, I don’t feel like the music is bad (it’s not), I just can’t seem to get into it the way I did with their other two albums. It makes me miss the gentle touch they had with so many other songs and the energy they brought with songs like My Body or It’s About Time. I wish the best for these guys and I’m glad to see so many positive reviews on here. I look forward to the future and hope that I can connect with their next album.


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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Home of the Strange, Young the Giant
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Rock
  • Released: Aug 12, 2016

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