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10 reasons not to listen to the new Young the Giant album

staff writer

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 00:01

Have you ever heard of Young the Giant? It's quite possible you've heard them. These guys are an alternative rock band out of Irvine, Calif. They released their debut album in 2010, which included some pretty hip singles like "Cough Syrup" and "My Body." The band has become a common name on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, and their sophomore album "Mind Over Matter" is a legitimate contender for the No. 1 album in the U.S. this week. People are really digging Young the Giant.


I myself have only recently discovered this band. I didn't know who they were or how popular they were. I felt like I was behind the curve until I actually listened to them. I hadn't been missing much.


In case anyone out there wants to hear the new Young the Giant album "Mind Over Matter," it is streaming online for free. It's also available for purchase if you're willing to shell out some dough. I took advantage of the first option. From this experience, I've created a list of 10 reasons why you shouldn't listen to it yourself.


10. Because Richard Sherman is the best defensive back in the NFL.


I could watch that video of Sherman ranting after the NFC Championship game for 50 straight minutes. In fact, I'd rather watch that video for 50 minutes than listen to this album for 50 minutes.


9. Because you'll probably only listen to it once anyway.


It's hard to make a commercially memorable alternative rock album these days. Bands from the last decade that were popular in the genre now have their CDs in $1 bargain bins. "Mind Over Matter" doesn't offer anything you've never heard before or anything you'll never hear again. I think it will be the top-selling album in the US this week, but it's born to be lost in the dying history of alternative rock.


8. Because some songs on here might make you vomit.


These are some lyrics from the chorus of the album's second single, "Crystallized": "When the beat of my drum meets the beat of your heart, you know I couldn't love any other." Oh gag. Oddly enough, this track is catchy enough that it can get stuck in your head, but that doesn't change the fact that it's ridiculously corny. For a second there, I thought I was listening to a Plain White T's song.

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