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Young The Giant

Mind Over Matter

Fueled by Ramen
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February 21, 2014

It's been four years since these summery, bummery Californians dropped the power-pop bomb "My Body," earning fans from MTV to Morrissey. Their second album, and first for Fueled by Ramen, adopts the post-Spotify try-anything attitude of new labelmates Cobra Starship and Twenty One Pilots. When they nail the postmodern smash-up thing, it's explosive, inventive rock: "Anagram" sounds like Dirty Projectors headlining the Bamboozle Festival, and "It's About Time" marries Foo Fighter fuzz, Justin Timberlake croon, EDM sputter and spiraling high-life guitars. The flip side is tracks like the limp Tears for Fears rewrite "Camera."

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