While they’ve been riding on the success of their 2011 hits “Cough Syrup” and “My Body” for the past couple of years, we almost forgot about Young the Giant. With the release of a new single titled “It’s About Time”, fans were awoken from their musical slumber to anticipate what the rest of the album would sound like. It’s always hard to create a strong follow-up album to a successful debut record, but the Orange County indie rockers have triumphed over the sophomore slump with Mind Over Matter.
Beginning with the instrumental track “Slow Dive”, it really sets the mood to what will unfold in the rest of the album. The first released single, “It’s About Time”, is attention grabbing, a tad harder than the other tracks on the album, and is quite literally about how it’s your time to put the haters to rest and show ’em what you’re made of. The second released single, “Crystallized,” is a new-school Cage the Elephant-esque love song that’s only half cheesy (mainly they lyrics of the chorus, “when the beat of my drum/meets the beat of your heart/you know I couldn’t love any other – any other”). Luckily, the other half reveals a person who is trying to break down the walls holding the relationship at a halt.
When the time comes to slow down, the ballads are just as great and lyrically stimulating as their faster-paced counterparts (particularly “Firelight”, which it sounds like a dark, haunting, slower version of Chvrches‘ “The Mother We Share”). The title track is by far the best slow track because frontman Sameer Gadhia truly lets his vulnerable, insecure side known to the listener with lines like “…I’m a young man built to fall” and wondering if he will be supported even if he fails.
A majority of the tracks are as peppy as an indie band could be. Some are reminiscent of their self-tiled debut album (“Daydreamer”, “Anagram”). Some make you want to dance (“In My Home”, “Eros” and “Teachers”). The album ends on a strong note with the sold-out-show, sway-with-the-person-next-to-you “Paralysis”.
Mind Over Matter is riddled with tracks about proving to those who put you down that you are ultimately capable of accomplishing the things you work so hard for, which creates an automatic relatability for listeners of any age. It definitely has the makings of many great albums in which they start off strong, slow it down for a bit, and then pick up the pace for the remainder of the album to leave you with a memorable result. Congrats, Young the Giant, you’re not a one-hit album wonder.