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Young the Giant, ‘Young the Giant’ (Roadrunner)

By: David Menconi // January 26, 2011

These Orange County upstarts’ most notable feature isn’t their youthful vigor or melting-pot exoticism (members are of Indian, Persian, British, and French-Canadian descent). It’s that Young the Giant project more ambition and emphatic sense of purpose than any band this side of U2. Frontman Sameer Gadhia sings in a declara-tive key of unwavering determination, undergirded by Jacob Tilley’s sophisticated guitar sprawl and Francois Comtois’ martial drums as the band’s debut album goes marching on and on and on. They might not know where they’regoing, but they have no doubt they’ll get there.