Under the Influence of Giants As advertised, these L.A. peacocks borrow much of their strut from bigger acts. The quartet's self-titled debut Under the Influence of Giants cribs the Killers'… Under the Influence of Giants As advertised, these L.A. peacocks borrow much of their strut from bigger acts. The quartet's self-titled debut Under the Influence of Giants cribs the Killers'… 2006-08-08 Under the Influence of Giants Pop
Music Review

Under the Influence of Giants (2006)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 08, 2006; Lead Performance: Under the Influence of Giants; Genre: Pop

As advertised, these L.A. peacocks borrow much of their strut from bigger acts. The quartet's self-titled debut Under the Influence of Giants cribs the Killers' throbbing synths and Maroon 5's falsetto smugness, but their best songs have a syncopated, funk-derived edge that those bands lack. Clever flourishes — a buoyant horn chart here, a wash of angelic harmony there — keep their glossy sound from getting monotonous. It's hard to resist such a carefree blend, especially in the last days of summer.

Originally posted Aug 18, 2006 Published in issue #893 Aug 25, 2006 Order article reprints