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Posted by: Dave on March 22, 2009 at 9:08 pm

YeahYeahYeahsBlitzSound: The raucous, fuzzy, guitar rock and wistful, epic power ballads we’ve come to expect from Yeah Yeah Yeahs are here—all, of course, feature frontwoman Karen O’s wails and moans. The big change this time around, though, is synthesizers. Whether they use them to make arena-sized, atmospheric rock or funky, danceable pop, the throbbing, woozy and shimmery synthetic sounds show up far more than ever before on a Yeah Yeah Yeahs album.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Hysteric”; “Dragon Queen”
Medium Rotation tracks: “Dull Life”; “Heads Will Roll”
Recommended: The abundance of synths (versus guitars) on the first half of the album is a jarring decision for the band. And even if you come to terms with the new sounds, you’ll probably be disappointed to discover that these electronic songs are weaker than your average Yeah Yeah Yeahs song—with the notable exception of the dance-floor friendly “Dragon Queen.” It’s Blitz! does contain a few quality tunes, though, that would have fit nicely on their first two albums. Overall, though, it feels uneven and short on standout tracks—a far cry from the excellent Show Your Bones (my #3 Album of 2006) and a few notches below their scrappy debut Fever to Tell (my #20 Album of 2003).
Grade: B

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