May 18, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
My Thoughts: Love More (<3)

I’ve been sitting on this review for a while now. Whenever I listen to the album I undeniably have a good time, but whenever I think about listening to the album, or think about the album at all (when it’s not currently playing), I’m reminded of the fact that it’s an album by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that doesn’t really have any heavy, crazy bits to it. Regardless of the fact that I’ve heard the album dozens of times now and, every time, loved it, I find myself question whether or not it really worked, whether or not the album was good or if I just wanted it to be good so bad that I keep tricking myself into thinking it is.

Craziness, I know. It’s like I’m afraid to listen to it again because I’m afraid I’ll actually find that one thing about it that I’m afraid is lingering below the surface that, one I find it, I’ll hate the album. Well screw my awkward subconscious, this album freaking rocks.

It is comparable to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ older albums only in style and sassiness, but apart from that, it’s a hecka stretch for someone unfamiliar with Karen O’s vocals to believe that it’s the same band. All that said, I feel that, again, I must submit that this album rocks.

There are low, unassuming synth lines throughout, and jazzy but raw drum beats all accompanied by the endlessly familiar sassy vocals (too much sass to keep me from mentioning it twice, wow!). There are occasional ball blasting heavily distorted guitar, possibly bass, lines that are safely hidden in the back most the album, but have a couple moments where they surface and blast away all previous thoughts of what one thought was awesome.

This is not the Yeah Yeah Yeahs that we’ve all come to know and love, it’s another side of them that they were afraid to show us earlier, but, now that we’ve gotten to know them a little better, and we’ve been together for a while now, they feel safe in letting us know that they are more than that raw, frantic band that we see on the surface, that they have this softer, but just as harsh, inside that, once we get to know it, they’re sure will make us love them even more.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Skeletons
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Runaway
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Dull Life (most like the YYY we have previously seen)

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