Review: Home of the Strange by Young the Giant

Home of the Strange by Young the GiantFor two albums now, Young the Giant have explored the boundaries of the alternative rock sound they found themselves in: melodic on the first, cutting on the second. There seems to be a synthesis of both sounds on their third, Home of the Strange, and all of this is seemingly buoyed by the subject matter. It’s inevitable they’d pen an album about what it means to be American and yet not fully one by some standards – the band’s members come from all over the world – especially at a time when the definition of “American” is up on the ballots. The album art alone is a nod to the United States’ status as a magnet for people trying to make a better life, or at least, fit in. The songs – crunchy but with a more prominent sheen of electronica – tackle the subject through vignettes rather than grand, all-encompassing statements that would have weighed the album down. So, there, they recognize where they are, and they’re still figuring themselves out – but at least we got a strong record out of it. [NB]4/5

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