Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Album of the Month: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

With the first two albums, Yeah Yeah Yeahs had already established themselves as one of the best bands of this decade. With the third, titled "It's Blitz!", the band emphasizes its ability to change, reinventing themselves as the kings and queen of indie-disco.

From 2003's riot-punk explosion that was "Fever To Tell" to 2006's pristine rock sound of "Show Your Bones" the band had already covered a lot of ground, turning from the plucky, loud-mouthed ugly duckling of "Bang" to the beautiful swan of "Gold Lion" and "Turn Into". The question, of course, was where to go now and the answer came from the alluring call of the dancefloor. The band had shown us some of their dance moves before with songs like "Phenomena", but this time around the party is full-blown, led by the euphoric first single "Zero" (Yeah Yeah Yeahs answer to Blondie's "Heart of Glass") and killer disco-punk smash hits like "Heads Will Roll" and "Dragon Queen". Fans of the more sensitive side of the band shall be pleased to know that the beats do occasionally subside to make way for some pure pop moments like "Soft Shock", "Runaway" or the magnificent "Hysteric". A decade into their career, Yeah Yeah Yeahs not only avoid repeating themselves but manage to remain a vital force by constantly evolving and reinventing their sound, with the only constant being the amazing, powerful voice of Karen O, this generation's Siouxsie Sioux. It's not just blitz, it's an unquestionable triumph!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero

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