Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!
March 9, 2009
It’s Blitz!, the new album from New York City based band Yeah Yeah Yeahs (Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase), was initially scheduled for release in mid-April, but a late February Internet leak forced a digital roll out of the album March 9 and 10, with a physical release due on March 31. This is good news for fans, many of whom have been eager to hear what the rest of the album sounded like, having heard the guitarless, electronica-inspired single, “Zero,” and read the band’s declaration that it would sound nothing like their last EP, and, in their words, “Not much like anything you’ve heard from us before,” though they added it would still sound like them. And as it turns out, that was a pretty accurate summation of It’s Blitz!, which is heavy on shimmering electronic dance pop, though the guitars do come out midway through on “Dull Life,” a rocker and an album highlight. There are also a number of slower numbers, moody electropop ballads like “Soft Shock” and “Hysteric,” that are also great tracks. The album closes on a rather lovely note with “Little Shadow.” The change in sound may rattle some fans, but Yeah Yeah Yeahs throwing in a bit of electronica and dance music into their rock repertoire certainly isn’t the end of the world, and when Karen O, who sounds as great as ever, and her bandmates make it work this well, who cares? It’s Blitz is a lot of fun. Standout cuts: “Zero,” “Soft Shock,” “Dull Life” and “Hysteric.”