Thoughts: Young the Giant, ‘Home of the Strange’


★★★★

Alternative band Young the Giant delivers a superb, eclectic effort with their third studio album, ‘Home of the Strange.’

It’s always refreshing when a memorable album crosses the path of a music critic/journalist.  That happened earlier this week when the third LP by alternative band Young The Giant entered my radar.  Previously unaware of the Fueled By Ramen collective, after listening and reviewing track Jungle Youth,” I was hooked.

“Jungle Youth” is an epic single – there’s no other way to describe it.  By far the crème de la crème from Home of the Strange, the hard-hitting, guitar-heavy rocker only “scratches the surface” when analyzing the LP.  Truthfully, frontman Sameer Gadhia and company outdo themselves on this eclectic effort, clearly among the best of 2016.

Beyond “Jungle Youth,” selected gems include Amerika,” a song addressing the American Dream and a relationship that has soured.  Additionally there’s the skeptical “Something to Believe in,” drenched in its agnosticism.

“I’ll give you something to believe in / burn up a basement full of demons / realize you’re a slave to your mind, break free / now give me something to believe in.”

“Titus Was Born” begins relatively quietly, thriving off of subtly initially before growing in scope.  There’s also the lustful “Silvertongue,” arguably the grooviest record on Home of the Strange.  The title track is worth noting as well, clearly a play on the words “home of the brave.”

Ultimately, Home of the Strange is exceptionally conceived – an alluring listening experience. How unfamiliarity with Young the Giant ever occurred given their incredible musical abilities is an oversight from this eclectic critic.  To reiterate, Home of the Strange ranks among the best of the year.

Check out the full length review of Home of the Strange below (The Musical Hype).

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