Thursday, March 12, 2009

Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!

The howl of Karen O never gets old. The third full-length album by New York City band Yeah Yeah Yeah's, It's Blitz! is a fantastic return for the indie rock trio after suffering from a dud with the Is Is EP. The album was to be originally released on April 13 but because the album leaked on to the internet in February, the release date was pushed forward to March 9 for the digital download, March 31 for the album.
It seemed for a while there like the band lost their Fever to Tell ferociousness and catchy, punk hooks. Sure, Show Your Bones was a great effort but it was a little more Elliot Smith, a little less fast paced thrash rock; what Karen and the boys do best. The most reminiscent to Fever to Tell is probably the first single off the album "Zero" along with the Joan Jett-esque anthem "Heads Will Roll." The distorted guitar underneath Karen's eerie voice make these songs memorable and the album as a whole an instant classic. "Off with your head. Dance until you're dead," she makes you believe on "Heads Will Roll" and will not be afraid to show you her moves.
"Dull Life" is actually not so dull, it being one of the key tracks on this album with a very dark undertone in the lyrics ("We've seen the nightmare of the lies that you speak"). This song could be the "Maps" the band as well as fans have been hoping for.
If you've been already rocking out to the disc since late February, you probably know all of this already. If not, it's definitely something to check out and a really solid record.

Rating: 5 out of 5

(Picture courtesy of Amazon.com)

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