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Young the Giant‘s “My Body” is a brilliant bit of songwriting masquerading as a hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll song. Culled from the Newport Beach, California quintet’s self-titled debut LP on Roadrunner Records, the song begins with a low-end rumble of bass guitar and drums. Soon thereafter they are joined by a swirl of trebly guitars which sound halfway between Albert Hammond, Jr. and The Edge (circa 1985, anyway).
Vocalist Sameer Gadhia lends a beautiful color to the proceedings; his singing style is emphatic and impassioned while avoiding the rococo death of overly dramatic crooners. When Gadhia sings “My body tells me no, but I won’t quit because I want more” during the track’s foot-stomping choruses, one can’t help but believe him–he really does sound like a man on the verge of a psychosexual breakdown fighting against his own desires.
As a listener, you can’t help but want him to get what he’s looking for, and the metaphoric release comes at the three-minute mark during a bridge as subversive and elegant as anything The National or Titus Andronicus have mustered in their careers. All told, “My Body” makes for an aching, moody, and terribly successful piece of songwriting