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1 Oct. 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct. 2013
  • Release Date: 1 Oct. 2013
  • Label: Mute
  • Copyright: 2010 2010 Artist Intelligence Partnership Limited under exclusive license from Secretly Canadian, Inc.
  • Total Length: 39:34
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  • ASIN: B00FAUE67I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,086 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2010
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The Amazon editorial review creates a thesis of the classic "game of two halves" when it comes to Yeasayer's new album "Odd Blood". Thus one side of the album is straightforward pop music while the other is more "experimental". A deeper listen of this album suggests that this theory is perhaps a little too orderly and neat. "All hour cymbals" the debut by Yeasayer is a personal favourite and the songs Sunrise and the epic "2080" (with its "Yeah Yeah" refrain) should be sought out immediately if you have not yet heard the band and their "Middle Eastern-Psych-Pop-Snap-Gospel" (the bands description not mine!). Yeasayer are part of sonic boom that occurred when the Brooklyn conveyor belt started churning a few years back and produced contemporaries like Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, the Antlers, MGMT and more recently White Rabbits. No one can quite pin down what's happening on the far side of New York's East River with it becoming the "indie" capital of the planet in the same way that Seattle begat "grunge". What we do know it that for many Yeasayer have the potential to the greatest of all these bands. This clearly is a big claim and is it just another large and potentially insurmountable bit of music hype or proper recognition of the huge potential showed on AHC?

"Odd Blood" starts with the "The Children". Its industrial in its feel, has a distorted vox form vocals and is eerie and oppressive. Frankly it would be a bizarre opener to any an album and its a terrible start. Its crunchy sludge motif continues into "Amblin Alp" the first single.But then suddenly this transforms into the album into electropop dance music with a song chock full of catchy hooks and reggae bounce with a great vocal by Chris Keating.
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By NIMROD on 5 Aug. 2012
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When I first went nuts over Simian Mobile Disco's Audacity Of Huge (featuring Yeasayer's Chris Keating on vocals), I had never heard Yeasayer. Needless to say, I went similarly nuts over Yeasayer's sophomore oeuvre, Odd Blood, once I discovered it. And I must say, it has since then etched itself onto my personal list of favourite records.
Yeasayer perfectly achieves that which I admire most about the music industry, namely skirting that fine line between obscurely and independently alternative and charmingly accessible mainstream, for lack of a better word. Yes, Yeasayer is at times a bit on the weird side, and their eclectic style may not appeal to everyone, but Keating's vocals in particular and the songwriting behind it reveal an otherwise pure pop nature at the same level as any other uber-popular hit artist, and I suspect that combination has helped generate much of the attraction surrounding the band.
Speaking of weird, take the opening track 'The Children,' with its decrepit robot singing and bubbly, sleepy beat. I guess Yeasayer is an indie band, to return to boring definitions - maybe synthpop. But it's their affinity for experimentation that makes them stand out in a world full of radio pumping homogeneous hits. 'Ampling Alp' is one such stand-out track, a hit that sports a background story, making the fine lyrics very interesting. 'Madder Red' is dream pop, or rather what dream pop should sound like, because dream pop is boring in comparison. It's groovy electropop with an epic refrain! 'I Remember' sounds like something Colplay could turn out if they eschewed their own hype and started thinking so far outside the box that the distance would make them dizzy; a sentimental ballad with wispy synthesizers and Keating's voice at its finest.
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Well, first of all this is significantly different to the first, very original, album. After hearing Ambling Alp and ONE I was persuaded to try this album (I had heard all the comments about dissapointment). I thought that Ambling Alp and ONE would be the popiest 'singles' and that the rest would be more All Hour Cymbals- like. If anything, the reverse is true, with Ambling Alp being the closest thing to the first album.

The rest of the album is alot more electro-pop and kind of 'camp' in many places with most subject matters being romance based and with some oompa-oompa base lines similar to Scissor Sisters in places. On the whole it sounds alot like Yeasayer to doing a version of Friendly Fires (who I do like)- interesting, poppy, electro dance with alternative / indie influences. Example of the cheesiness: 'Mondegreen' has the refrain "Everyone's talking about me an ma baby! Making love till the mornin' light!" accompanied by Madness-like trumpets.

Now, don't get me wrong, if you are fairly open about your musical tastes (and quite like Friendly Fires) you will find an enjoyable album with plenty of catchy and interesting songs. I can imagine 'ONE' being a pretty big club anthem, and songs like 'I Remember' making good singles.

If, however, you detest poppyness and only want a unique, melancholic, folky, experimental, ethereal album like 'All Hour Cymbals', then you are probably going to be greatly dissapointed.

Still an enjoyable album, but much more lightweight and poppy than the first.
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