Under the Influence of Giants

Under the Influence of Giants

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Some things aren't meant to last. Ice cream, for example, or sunsets. And for the summer of 2006, Under the Influence of Giants' self-titled debut. It's a fun, slightly trashy affair meant for those months in which all you want to do it turn up the fan, turn down the lights, and have a good time. This doesn't mean that it's not a musically sound album, however. UTIOG,…  See more details below

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Some things aren't meant to last. Ice cream, for example, or sunsets. And for the summer of 2006, Under the Influence of Giants' self-titled debut. It's a fun, slightly trashy affair meant for those months in which all you want to do it turn up the fan, turn down the lights, and have a good time. This doesn't mean that it's not a musically sound album, however. UTIOG, who incorporate disco and dance into their slickly produced rock, are ready (and willing) to provide an hour's worth of short-lived entertainment. And It doesn't hurt that the bandmembers are all very proficient on their instruments, either. The drums, fuzzy bass, and guitar create a good, danceable groove, occasional horns add a Peter Gabriel feel, and singer Aaron Bruno's versatile voice moves from a falsetto to a growl to a croon without any apparent strain -- displayed particularly well in "Got Nothing," with its transition from the Jamiroquai-esque harmonies of the chorus to the Modest Mouse-inspired background yells all layered over seamless white-boy funk. And while most of the album -- including "Mama's Room," the song that propelled UTIOG to the MySpace Top Eight charts around the country -- stays in this realm, the band's musicianship is shown clearly in its ability to take on other styles, all while retaining the sleaziness that makes them so great. "Heaven Is Full" and "In the Clouds" are both pretty close to being club anthems, while "Stay Illogical" and "I Love You" move away from the keyboards and focus on warm, poppy melodies and hooks. The only place where Under the Influence of Giants falters is on "Lay Me Down," which, while it isn't bad, sounds far too much like a generic, radio-friendly song that, while it may have a longer shelf life, has none of that great, immediate satisfaction that the rest of the album is able to provide, and that we're all just begging to hear. So enjoy it while it's around, and think fondly of it when it inevitably goes away.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/08/2006
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498582916
catalogNumber:
000698202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Under the Influence of Giants   Primary Artist
David Ralicke   Horn
Aaron Bruno   Vocals
Drew Stewart   Guitar
Jamin Wilcox   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
David Amezcua   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brian Gardner   Contributor
Brad Smith   Audio Production
Adam Siegel   Prop Design
Alli Truch   Art Direction
Christopher Thorn   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Aaron Bruno   Composer
Drew Stewart   Composer
Jamin Wilcox   Composer
Vanessa Price   grooming
Carol Corless   Package Production

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Under the Influence of Giants 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is a fantastic CD! Very upbeat and I can't stop listening to it! I am addicted!!!Love the songs, "In Mama's Room" and "In the Clouds" Stop and take a listen!