Under the Influence of Giants (2006) 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