Sound — 10
Young Giants, the debut album from Queens Club is sure to be a hit as the music is very catchy and very inspiring. The music itself is inspired by pop and dance beats from bands such as Bloc Party and Ash. Some songs sound almost identical to Bloc Party, and even had me confused that it was a different band playing these songs. This is especially seen Nightmarer, and even the first track Are We? Will We? Not only are poppy chord changes thrown in the album, but also thrown in are these driving riffs with luscious harmonies and an overall good use of melodies. Each and every melody is different from the last and fit perfectly with each song, never being too boring or too overbearing. Dan Eaton throws wonderous guitar parts that will capture ears of guitarists from any and every genre. Eaton and Nichols, the two guitarists, are throwing melodies and riffs back and forth at each other, creating a plethora of melodies to bring the listener hope for the next decade in music. Jacob Ryan Howard throws quick-paced drums into most of the songs. Howard brings many of his previous metal-core experiences into songs, adding double kick drums and other unconventional beats that are surely different from the rest of pop albums. The album features bluesy driven riffs like that of Lydia, Abstract one string melodies like that of An Apparition, the fast and beautiful chord changes of Danger Kids and many other songs. The music of this album will sure catch many people's ear, and Queens Club found the right formula.
Lyrics — 8
The vocals are produced very well in the album, matching many other pop bands performances. The vocals are not to be considered amazing, but Dan Eaton has defiantly found his comfort zone, and that makes him a hell of a lot better than many other singers. His fluctuations in pitch are in great harmony with the overall sound of the music, and he never goes off pitch. In the song Dust, Eaton has to me his greatest vocal performance of the album. He establishes he can sing without much music, and in good pitch. In many songs he establishes his own melody in harmony with the guitars, or sometimes even just the drums. Eaton and Howard created vocals that remember the struggles of growing up, and they connect to most listeners. Overall a great job.
Overall Impression — 9
Young Giants is defiantly an album worth buying this year, and for many years to come. The band is enjoying playing the style of music they love the most, and have the most fun with it. Less Talk starts off with a yodel/scream that really shows the energy the band has in this type of music. Many aspects are included in the album, from eerie delay effects seen in Dust, to the distorted abstract riffs in I'm American and Danger Kids. I would compare Queens Club to many other bands, such as; Ash, Bloc Party, The Talking Heads, and even Karnivool. Any rock fan must have this album in their possession.