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It S Blitz! [VINYL] [Import]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Vinyl
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To cut a short story even shorter, Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when Karen O (vocals) and Nick Zinner (guitar) stumbled upon one another in a New York bar. They wrote some pretty acoustic folk songs together before the lightening bolt realization struck that they could, conceivably, be the best rock-n-roll, art-punk, disco-sleaze whatever-you-wanna-call-it band in the ... Read more in Amazon's Yeah Yeah Yeahs Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B001VG2R5S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O Karen 22 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs debut album was an exciting, raw slab of New York punk rock. They struggled to replicate that on their second album, Show Your Bones. It looked like a classic case of an exciting debut followed by a steady decline. To their credit the YYYs have gone back to the drawing board and come up with an album that is a genuine progression, yet still recognisably them. From the buzzy synth tone on opener Zero to the stately grandeur of Little Shadow which closes the album, this is a richly varied collection of songs. Karen O's vocals are more controlled than previously, but she remains an exciting, distinctive presence throughtout. I've read elsewhere that the songs are "ambient", but this is presumably the judgement of someone not in possession of a dictionary. This is a rock band using synths, guitar, bass and drums to do something interesting, challenging and different. 'Shame and Fortune' illustrates this perfectly and for me is probably the stand out track. I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoyed Fever To Tell and I look forward to seeing where they go from here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous 18 May 2009
By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A confession: This is the first Yeah Yeah Yeah's album I've heard, so I'm unable to compare it to their previous work.

So, as a newcomer to the band, how is the album? Simply put, it's tremendous. I'm struggling to imagine anybody putting out a stronger album than this in 2009.

From the start it scarcely lets up. "Zero" is an excellent opening track, and is followed by the equally exciting "Heads Will Roll". The pace eases a little for "Soft Shock" and "Skeletons", but they roar back to life (and embrace the guitar) on the superb "Dull Life".

For me, the best track of all comes in the second half, and was the reason I bought the album. "Runaway" is absolutely mesmerising, starting quietly but building majestically into an enormous wall of noise. It's a stunning track.

Are there any weak moments? "Shame and Fortune" is a little atonal, but the rest is incredibly good. I'll be buying their other albums very, very soon, and if they're as good as - or better than - this then I'm in for a treat.

Best album of 2009? It could well be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous record. 4.5/5 2 April 2009
By Mr K
Format:Audio CD
From the opening synth pulse it's clear that YYY are venturing into very different territory on "It's Blitz". Opening track "Zero" builds and builds into a huge slice of pulsating, overdriven synth-rock. A real statement of intent from the band, and the mood carries through to the next track "Heads Will Roll" with Karen O belting out It's Blitz's manifesto - "Off off off with your head, dance dance dance 'til you're dead."
After such a supercharged opening pair, the mood relaxes a little. Highlights include "Soft Shock", which throbs and shimmers, "Dull Life" which actually places Zinner's guitar to the fore and reminds me a little of Siouxsie & The Banshees, and the euphoric "Hysteric".
"It's Blitz" rewards repeated listens, to allow the rich variety of moods and song textures to break through what seems, initially, to be an almost overwhelming glossy electro-sheen, and also to get over the initial shock - where's the guitar?

Whether "It's Blitz" is regarded as a classic in the future, or just the creative peak of a synth pop/rock revival, I couldn't say - it may indeed date quite quickly, but for now this is a hugely enjoyable album - "dance, dance, dance 'til you're dead" - "It's Blitz" makes me want to do just that!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hitz From Miss O And Co 23 April 2009
By Gannon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Let us be clear that It's Blitz is not Fever To Tell, nor Show Your Bones mark two, and even less a progression and extension when compared to Is Is. Is Is now appears to have been a cathartic expulsion of all that was left of Karen and co's desire to screech and torture instruments. It's Blitz loses the squeaks and squawks and welcomes sultry electro to the party. Those wishing for Fever To Tell 2 may well be disappointed.

Evolution is natural by definition, and so is a desire to be commercially successful. Few manage it with any credibility, but Yeah Yeah Yeahs, along with Kings Of Leon, appear to be doing quite a good job of it. It's Blitz is hugely accessible and radio friendly. As such, it lacks the cutting-edge excitement that Fever To Tell may have offered, but compensates by maintaining their danceable, art-punk-influenced sound. Whilst most Yeah Yeah Yeahs releases have been catchy, none have been more glamorous.

The opening trinity of tracks inject a disco feel into the equation recalling Gary Numan and Blondie in its crossover. To a beat, these three are indie dancefloor filler and killer in one. `Skeletons' however is more in line with `Maps', a quieter ode, perhaps a lament to the underrated `Show Your Bones'.

Sadly, the middle section of the album becomes shrug-worthy. The tempo is reduced and the result is disposable. These tracks are not at all revolutionary and more in line with Show Your Bones' weaker pop-rockers. `Hysteric' and `Little Shadow' take it down a gear or two again at the album's close and once again prove the band are capable of genuinely moving, shuffling pop-rock. These tracks are the natural end to the Blitz party, a pleasant but slightly bittersweet, walk home on a cool evening.

It's Blitz is not complex.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Punk meets electro beat
I like the yeah yeah yeahs and whilst this is still un mistakenly them (with Karren O's orgasmic voice) they have changed a lot from the pure punk of their first album. Read more
Published 8 months ago by astockwelluk
5.0 out of 5 stars defo yeah yeah yeah
Love a strong female lead singer. Got their previous 'show your bones' and that's quality also. Sure their new one is also, which i'll be buying off the back of 'it's blitz!'
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Blitz
Rarely do you pick up an album and then find that more than 2/3 tracks become your favourites. There are a good half dozen absolute belters on this one! Read more
Published 15 months ago by LTO
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOMEE!
I am a huge fan of the yyys and have all there eps and albums and l always loved the whole karen 0 rock chic thing but im really loving this new album which is all about the... Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars GOODBYE GUITAR, HELLO SYNTHESIZER
This is probably an album that should not have worked, as usually any band that decide to get rid of an instrument that they are known for and replace it with one that they have... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by nin/ja77
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album
This is my 2nd Yeah Yeah Yeah's album, after 'Show Your Bones', and it takes a few listens to get in to it. Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by Polar Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Dripping With Alchemy
I was expecting an aweful lot from this album having played Show Your Bones to death and I deliberately waited until after seeing them live before buying (I'm just perverse, I... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2010 by John Luxton
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn`t get it at all to start with. Now I do
YYYS are an amazing band. I first got into them by watching Jools Holland probably six or seven years ago, and have bought everything available since. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2010 by Little Cat Voom
3.0 out of 5 stars Loudness wars!
Just a short review on a particular issue with this album. Loudness.

Overall this album seemed good but not great. Read more
Published on 8 Dec 2009 by Mr. A. D. Brophy
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Blitz - yeah yeah yeahs
My favourite of the yeah yeah yeahs albums, really enjoy listening to it. definately worth listening to.
Published on 2 Dec 2009 by V. John
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