Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Yeah Yeah Yeah's (henceforth to be named 'YYY's for brevity reasons) are one of those bands that launched with thousands of others during the garage rock resurgence of the new millennium.
YYY's are popular for two reasons; first, they refuse to adhere to anything that anybody tells them is cool and redefine it themselves; second, Karen O . By far the biggest freak to walk out of this overhyped movement relatively unscathed, O is not only a music, but also, a fashion icon, with designers and hipsters everywhere tracking her moves like she were Agyness Deyn .
So this is how I hear about the band; mostly because their singer is on the cover of Vogue, Oyster and Frankie , but also since they're one of the few bands Modular signed who actually do what they're supposed to; deliver good music.
For fans of the band, I can rehash what all the blogs have been saying and put it into three words; "synths, not guitars." Yes, shock horror, the YYYs have discovered keyboards and computer technology a mere 20 years after it's invention, and suddenly the wheel is being redefined on their new album “It’s Blitz”. Not exactly. As with all YYYs tracks, Karen carries the load with her cooler-than-God voice and attitude to boot. She's like Riot-grrl, but not ugly and eating men for breakfast.
Opening track 'Zero' will pretty much give you a great indication of how the album is going to sound - all syncopated throbbing bass lines and the like, while Ms O wails overhead. There's also some semi-ballads in here; by which I mean the drums only kick in two minutes after the track starts and it's all on like a B-grade chick flick.
Having gone over earlier hits like ‘Gold Lion’ and ‘Maps’, you wouldn't be wrong to say this is a step forward or progression for the band. But everybody says that like it's a bad thing these days, and I don't think that makes sense. If you want an artist that sounds the same every album, go listen to Sneaky Sound System. There's benefit in change, and not only if the instrument line-up shifts, but also if the production aesthetic does, too.
This is the fullest, most kick-ass version of YYYs to date, which means they're going forward, not backward, upwards, not downwards, and always with their eye on the prize. A treat for fans and a great introduction for newbies.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It’s Blitz Release date: 4 April 2009 (Modular)