Metascore
58

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
Buy On
  1. 90
    This complete command over their craft really sets these Orange County natives apart, resulting in the kind of record that grabs you at first listen and becomes more meaningful every time through.
  2. Aug 16, 2011
    70
    Too patchy to warrant genuflection just yet, thanks should nevertheless be given for the exquisite moments that Young the Giant serve here.
  3. Alternative Press
    Mar 8, 2011
    70
    The music is fresh and compelling, sure, but there's nothing in the lyrics or the instrumentation that leads one to assume these musicians haven't been acquiring experience on the road for a dozen years. [Feb 2011, p.90]
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    70
    They might not know where they're going, but they have no doubt they'll get there.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. May 20, 2011
    8
    Young The Giant's debut album is wondrous. Sameer Gadhia's vocals are beyond amazing. The whole album is a pop sensation. Every track isYoung The Giant's debut album is wondrous. Sameer Gadhia's vocals are beyond amazing. The whole album is a pop sensation. Every track is catchy and you'll be humming them for quite sometime. All In All, Young The Giant's Debut album have a couple pop masterpieces. The rest are exceptional. B+ Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2018
    6
    I have only listened to TtG once, so this review may be premature and flawed. Who knows; I may grow to love this album with repeated listens.I have only listened to TtG once, so this review may be premature and flawed. Who knows; I may grow to love this album with repeated listens.

    The music on this album is good, the vocals sound fresh, deep, and interesting, and the lyrics are not usually bad, and have some strong moments. The biggest problem with this debut album is that it really lacks distinctiveness. A few songs stand out, but the others fade and blend together in an unsatisfying way. Songs 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 all sound too similar, and don't stand out much. "Islands" is an interesting song and stands out musically and lyrically, and "Garands" boasts strong lyrics but has undistinctive, unimpressive music. I find "My Body" annoying after hearing it 100 times on Alt radio, but "Cough Syrup" hasn't lost it's charm.

    The real highlight on this debut album is "Apartment", which utilizes the lead singer's voice in the best way possible. It is a great, captivating song with memorable lyrics and great music.

    YtG has some good, and is almost never flat-out bad. It just suffers from a lack of distinctiveness which hurts the fun and enjoyability of the album. Also, the lyrics on this album are never really amazing, with the only exception possibly being "Garands."
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  3. May 13, 2017
    9
    I don't get why the critic review is so low, this is a great album. songs like cough syrup and apartment are unforgettable and Sameer's vocalsI don't get why the critic review is so low, this is a great album. songs like cough syrup and apartment are unforgettable and Sameer's vocals are superb Full Review »