Who Should Buy This: Well, obvs the strange should buy this. Amerikans should buy it. Also, people who need to feel some heart and soul in their tunes, philosophers, and fans of alternative music in general. If for some reason you don’t like one of the tracks, try the next one. There’s absolutely no way you don’t love at least one of these songs.
Album: Home of the Strange
Artist: Young the Giant
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Music Rating: 9/10
Lyrics Rating: 9/10
Sounds Like: Atlas Genius, Coldplay, Walk the Moon
Interesting Fact: They totally humored me when I asked about their imagined mayonnaise addiction. 😂
Best thing About this Album: As much as I love the emotional energy in the music, I think the best thing for me has to be the intellectual provocation and stimulation that this album inspires. It truly takes the beauty of the music to new depths. (I also greatly appreciate the tonal variety and diverse musical influences!)
One thing I wish was different: I legitimately cannot think of a single thing that is a not personal preference (and thus not constructive). My least favorite song is Silvertongue, but it’s probably most people’s favorite. The writing is on point, the concept is fantastic and flawlessly carried out, and there is wonderful variety and dynamic on the album. What else can I really ask for? Okay, well the album’s only 11 tracks long. I can get greedy here and say I wish they’d made it an even twelve.
Website: Young the Giant
Parental Guidance: Mr. Know-It-All (track #4) says “tripping on acid” and may technically contain a swear word, but it’s 100% indiscernible. Jungle Youth (track #5) contains the phrases “I woke with a fever, taste the blood in my mouth” and “sitting on a ghost-stained alter”. Silvertongue (track #8) has the phrase “clothes on the floor, but the bed’s on the ceiling”.
Favorites: Amerika, Something to Believe In, Mr. Know-It-All, Titus Was Born, Repeat
This is a playlist of all of the songs from the album that will automatically play through the whole album. To skip to a particular song, click on the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner.
Buckle up, Buckos. It’s about to get real up in here! This album has been out for a couple hours now and my obsession is already at an unhealthy level. I am 100% okay with that. When I first discovered the song “Something to Believe In”, I’m pretty sure I did nothing but listen to that on repeat for over 72 hours. (My family thought I was broken. They were like, “You okay, bro? Did you know that a world exists outside of that song?” And I was like, “No! It doesn’t! This song is life! Leave me alone!”) That leads to the obvious question: Why? Why is Anie so obsessed with this album? Aren’t you supposed to like all the musics, Anie? Well, yes. But all musics are not created equal. Sorry.
This album is the real deal. It’s not fluff wrapped in pretty packaging. It is the actualization of the soul. This music not only has heart at the core of its beats, but it has also a network of neurons, a musical mind directing this piece of living art. The story of this album is the tale of human experience transcending politics and social opinion. You can tell that the inspiration for this album draws deeply from emotional history and philosophy. Please, please take a listen and give it your full attention. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite lines from each track!
“It’s a rich kid game. Didn’t grow up with a throne.” – Amerika
“It gets old when you talk to the sun in a tongue understood by no one.” – Something to Believe In
“The child in me is elsewhere on the dance floor.” – Elsewhere
“Try to live up to the person you pretend to be.” – Mr. Know-It-All
“Farewell transmission. Not meant for this world.” – Jungle Youth
“Life is a dream, drifting at sea. It’s so hard to believe.” – Titus Was Born
“The world’s not empty. It’s how you want it to be.” – Repeat
“Stutter my flow. Train of thought just departed.” – Silvertongue
“I saw a picture of you today at an art exhibit on memory lane.” – Art Exhibit
“I’ll grow up when I’m older.” – Nothing’s Over
“Land of the Free, Home of the Strange. From shining sea to mountains grey.” – Home of the Strange
That’s it. If you loved these songs as much as me, please consider supporting Young the Giant by purchasing the album from their website or on your favorite digital music store (iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, etc.)
And holler at me in the comments! I’d love to talk to you all about this album.
If you’re interested with the vinyl edition of this album, check out my vinyl review for thoughts and info specific to the vinyl format as well as a lot of extra album commentary.