It’s almost hard to enjoy Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ newest CD, having missed seeing the band in concert. It hurts too much to have missed them. The New York City trio has once again come out with a great recording and after hearing it in its entirety, it’s easy to see why so many of their concerts have been selling out this spring. One can only imagine what a treat it would be to hear the group live. Though the band has been active throughout most of this decade, the new It’s Blitz [Interscope Records] is easily their best recording yet. After hearing these ten tracks, it’s clear that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are on of the best bands to come out over the last ten years.
For starters, the CD opens with “Zero”, a song that draws the listener in almost instantly. The use of keyboards, which is a big part of the overall sound, fits in perfectly with the bands guitar melodies. They add a sound that is strong and a bit more roughed-up than one might expect. Instead of making the songs come across overly mellow, the keyboards really build in some strength to the mix. While this act definitely appeals to those who enjoyed the sounds of early ‘80’s new wave bands, there is a fresh and new sound here that works for many others.
Of course, lead singer Karen O nails it on all ten tracks. She has a way of singing in great, unexpected tones, and she hits every note perfectly, without over doing it. Though the fast tempo numbers like “Heads will Roll” and “Soft Shock” are great tracks, people who really want to hear a vocal highlight will no doubt enjoy “Hysteric”--a terrific ballad that sounds great even after repeated listens.
This is not a long recording, and the ten tracks seem to go by fast. Maybe that was the plan; to leave people wanting more. A fan can only hope that this band stays together for yet another decade. One thing that is certainly clear is that fans are going out of their way to hear them play live. A word of caution, if they do come through your town, get your tickets in advance and expect a sell-out. After hearing this new release, it’s easy to see why.