Archive for January, 2014

“Mind Over Matter” – Young The Giant

Posted in Album Reviews on January 25, 2014 by occupyairwaves

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The big question I kept asking myself while listening to Young The Giant’s sophomoric release was, “didn’t I already hear this song?” Don’t get me wrong, Mind Over Matter has some catchy tunes, but when every song is stylistically the same, it does get old very fast. Especially when the album runs over 50 minutes long. My co-host described Young The Giant’s sound very accurately: they’re a rock band without actually being a rock band. Basically, their music has no edge to it. It’s just not raw enough for my tastes. “My Body,” the band’s big hit off their debut self-titled album – now that’s a rock song. Sadly, nothing off of Mind Over Matter comes close to this tune in terms of intensity. People who declared Young The Giant the next big one hit wonder after hearing “My Body” back in 2010 are probably patting themselves on the back right now. Having said that, if you are a fan of Young The Giant and really loved their first album, then there’s a good chance you will be pleased with their follow-up release.

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: It’s About Time, Crystallized

“Transgender Dysphoria Blues” – Against Me!

Posted in Album Reviews on January 23, 2014 by occupyairwaves

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This record exceeded all my expectations and proved to be the most biting Against Me! record since Clarity (maybe even Cowboy). Upon first listen, I noticed the voice. The passion has returned to singer Laura Jane Grace’s wonderful roar. I found a desperate quality in her tone that had been missed in the past two records. 2007’s New Wave was by no means a bad record, but her voice just aches with an earnestness on this release vacant from New Wave and White Crosses. This release is filled with lots of hooks and excellent catchy guitar that I haven’t heard much from this band before. I should add that this isn’t a reversion to former splendor for this band but simply a beautiful progression that incorporates elements from all the band’s records prior to this one. The lyrics are dark and full of yearning and aggression, which, again, is a positive trait. The one drawback for this record is that it lacked any solo acoustic songs with howling vocals akin to “Joy” or “8 Full Hours of Sleep.” Coming in at around a half hour, Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an extremely listenable record that has already had many spins from me.

-Matthew Koerner

Recommended Jams: Dead Friend, Paralytic States, FUCKMYLIFE666