After “Suicide Squad”, Young The Giant’s new album was the second thing I was looking forward to this August. Since they released the first single, “Amerika”, from the album back in April, I felt warned that this album going to be interestingly different from their previous one. Named after an unfinished Kafka novel, the Orange County – based band shares a story about an immigrant, travelling to America, in hopes to live the “American dream”, to find a better life. It also talks about the heartache that comes with it.
This first song from the album sounds quite similar to YTG’s early sounds from their self-titled album, but it stops there because the rest represents a different kind of YTG, a more musically matured kind. Sharper guitar riffs starts from “Something To Believe”.
“Elsewhere” is probably my personal favourite from this album, mainly because of the lyrics. It has the significant Young The Giant poetry, if you will, but it also offers something that is somewhat both beautiful and painful. “I was afraid of the love that you asked for / You asked for / You were the light in my eyes; you’re the answer / The answer / The fire in you is long gone / It burned too bright like the red sun / The child in me is elsewhere / On the dance floor.”
“Silvertongue”, for some reason, is slowly becoming the bad apple of the album. Quite a lot fans consider it as the “least YTG” song in the album. I honestly don’t get why because, to my ears, it’s still the YTG I love. “Titus Was Born” has secretly became what fans are expecting as their next single. This song, followed by “Art Exhibit” stands out because it’s slightly mellower compared to the rest of the album.
This album proves how Sameer, Eric, Francois, Payam and Jacob managed to move a level up from “Mind Over Matter”, how their music have grown, how they seem to have come closer and closer to finding their identity as a band, and how they managed to write about more serious issues. One thing that hasn’t – and hopefully never will – change is Sameer’s heavenly, yet strong and gripping voice, wrapped in electronic sound effects, Eric’s riffs and Francois beats. But, what actually makes them a great band is because, speaking from personal experience, they’re even better live. This In The Open session of “Something To Believe In”, for example: