The brash and playful bounce on the shimmering "Gold" is an impressive showcase for Triana's growth and confidence as a vocalist, while the title track is an ode to self-determination that slowly swells to a stirring climax. "That's Alright With Me" and "Heart In My Hands" are guileless ballads made especially disarming thanks to Triana's blissful pipes. What ultimately impresses most about Giants, however, are her maturing skills as a storyteller. "Keep Running" is driven by a nervous pulse that underscores the song's ruminations on the blurred dichotomy between upper and lower class families, making it a particularly astute examination of modern urban life, while the autobiographical Lauryn Hill tribute "Lullaby" looks back on Triana's troubled teen years and the solace she found in Hill's music.
That autobiographical thread runs through to the closer "Everything You Never Had," a poignant thank you to Triana's mother. Giants affirms that Andreya Triana is an artist that's here to stay. (Counter)