It’s Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s
After my first listen, It’s Blitz! sounded as though it needed a few more listens before I could realise just how good it really is. That being a good thing! I think…no, in fact, I know it will continue to grow on me.
I’d grown accustomed to Zero, the first single and first track off the album. It’s thumping sound and Karen O’s distinct vocals made it a really cool, catchy song. But after being played all over the shop (hats off to Nova for picking them up, albeit a little late) it was starting to sound a little less amazing. However, after hearing it in the context of the full album, it makes sense to me again. That seems to be one of the great things about this album. It flows really well and has enough of a mixture of sounds to not make it sound repetitive or boring. And at the risk of sounding like a massive music wanker, Karen O’s voice seems to take you above and beyond, and (another wanker term coming up…I’m sorry!) takes you on a journey from start to finish.
Some of the stand out tracks are:
- The thumping Zero,
- The second track off the album, Heads Will Roll (thumping, but with these vintage sounding strings that continue through the whole verse and then merge into a more ‘modern sound’)
- The atmospheric Runaway, Hysteric and Little Shadow
- And the lo-fi Softshock
The great thing about It’s Blitz! is the fact that there’s no fillers. All tracks are stand outs on their own and work really well in the context of the album. Whilst I don’t have that great a knowledge of their back catalogue (I know a few tracks: Maps, Down Boy, Date With The Night, Cheated Hearts and Gold Lion), I found the album had more of a disco feel (Disco is Dragon Queen. Great dance floor slow groover) – this has been said in about every review I’ve read I know…but it is true! Tracks like Dull Life, and Shame and Fortune are probably the most ‘old school’ they get on It’s Blitz! That’s not a bad thing either. Like I said before, every song works on it’s own and I think the band have a more polished sound on this album. However, I do think an investigation into their full back catalogue is in need now. These guys are pretty darn good!
It’s Blitz! really is. Blitz. Did that make sense??!! Thought in my head that this will be a really witty way to finish off the review. But when on paper…you know? Never mind.
The album is great. Nothing bad about it. It is so tight and still maintains that ‘arty’ feel that they look as though they have. That said, they seem to have made an album that can still appeal to the mainstream and not lose any of their ‘underground’ or, in Australian terms, JJJappeal. (New word there guys. You know it’s great. Use it to define too cool indie kids who only listen to JJJ. It’ll be in the dictionary before you can say Cprtsybnmcvglp).
So, to finish off with, thought I’d give you guys a few of their better video clips.
First one is for the camp fire loving of Gold Lion, off the Show Your Bones album:
Second is live looking and backstage anticts of Date With The Night, off Fever To Tell. Can’t embed this one, so click here to see it.
Last but not least is the new single Zero (great clip by the way!). Once again, I can’t embed this one, so check it out here.
And, perhaps even a poll to finish things off!
K. That’ll do the ramble for now.