June 22, 2010

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

Well, there's one thing we can be sure of. This is a painful looking album cover. What is it exactly? I guess she's breaking some glass egg-holder thing. Well anyway, it's pretty kick-ass. "Dance dance dance 'til you're dead" indeed. They're tough, and I like that. It's not "Dance dance dance 'til you get very tired and have to sit down for a while." With this YYY album, it's much easier to dance to, with its heavy techno beat, and more electronic approach. Even for the clumsiest of klutzes. Well, maybe not for the clumsiest of klutzes. Karen O, the singer, hasn't yet given up her breathy, Patti Smith-ish sounding voice, and for that I'm glad. It's the most important feature of the band, and without it they would just not sound as good. Let's face it. It kicks off with a high-powered first three songs that really show you their change in style, without letting you forget that you're listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Then comes a soft song called Skeleton, which reminds me a bit of Maps, from Fever to Tell. The soft drone of the non-stop synth, delicately balanced with her elegant, hushed voice makes perfect for a late night car-drive. I think the song that sound most unlike the YYYs is Dragon Queen, which sounds like it should be called Drag Queen. If it weren't for her voice, you'd think you were listening to a song by The Scissor Sisters featuring Of Montreal, or something like that. But that's beside the point. To conclude my review, this is really a splendid addition to the 2009 line up so far. 7 and a half out of 10 star star stars for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.


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