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it's blitz

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Audio CD
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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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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: interscope records
  • ASIN: B001UJIMF0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 564,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars GOODBYE GUITARS, HELLO SYNTHESIZER 20 April 2009
By nin/ja77 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 not included on there previous two albums and eps, would usually mean career suicide or ridicule for trying something different. (Chris Cornell's dreadful new album 'scream' springs to mind straight away)

However its quite the opposite as 'It's Blitz' shows a new side to the yeah yeah yeahs and quietens the people who called them a one dimensional guitar band, or the people who thought they were going to go and make a soft album and continue in the vain of the second half of second album 'Show your Bones'.

Its evident from the first song 'zero' that 'It's Blitz' is going to be different, as before guitarist Nick Zinner would make his guitar squeal with effects he now has it replaced with a synthesizer. Its put to great use on nearly all ten tracks, with the standouts been zero, heads will roll, soft shock, dull life, shame and fortune and hysteric. Lead singer Karen O is a brilliant as ever even if trademark screeching is kept firmly in the background.

With the digipack deluxe edition you get four of the songs done acoustically, but its definitely the originals that you will keep coming back to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hell, Yeah! 13 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Part of me wants to hate them.
Karen O & Co. are some god-damned ice-cool, so irritatingly hip and self-assured that a little segment of my psyche couldn't stand them, if only I didn't love them so much.

If ever was my chance to eject them from their hallowed reverence in my heart, to repeal the acerbic journalese immunity that their magnificent back-catalogue has afforded them in spite of their posturing: the time is now.

With the imminent release of It's Blitz, there is an amnesty on my pent-up niggles with the band that have been - like Mary Poppins - practically perfect in every way. The simple reason for this is It's Blitz has hardly any guitars on it, at all.

Music Week has simultaneously - and rather inelegantly, by their own admission - compared the whole record to both Blondie and the genre of disco! *Oh dear, surely this must be the end for our tenacious trio? Have Ms O and Co. gone the way of the dodo? Will It's Blitz be more of a mayfly than a doodle-bug? For the answers to this and more, dear visitor, read on...*

With the trend towards all that is Eighties at the moment, we'd be forgiven for thinking that these hip-kids were jumping onto another bandwagon, particularly since this album initially seems to have more in common with the Ting Tings then their past work. OK, that comparison is overly harsh, though they are certainly taking a leaf from the collective compendium of avant-garde electronica emanating from Brooklyn and basements apartments of the swelling ranks of sound artists from the further reaches of NYC's five boroughs. Parts & Labor recently released a not dissimilar record and - though only one will get air-play - both are ambitious and beautiful, full of ambient electronica and yet still passionate and rockin'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Karen O 8 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
There are enough good objective reviews for this album, here is one of pure subjectivity.

Is it possible to actually fall in love with someone's voice? I have fallen for Karen O's. The way she sings "oh" sends shivers down my spine, when proclaiming "You suddenly complete me" I feel my heart will implode with desire. From the opening mood lifting dance track, proceeding as it does into companion track 2, "dripping with alchemy" indeed, images of The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, Blondie and the New York streets photographed in William Friedkin's Cruising. Track 3 is my personal favourite, the marriage between the levelled depths of melodic melancholic, musical arrangement and miss O's voice elevates my spirits to sky-ward intensity, "summer moon, take your shut eye, in my room, in your room" I feel alive with longing. Track 4 takes a turn of pace and direction, but not emotional fulfilment, a grand piece with Karen pleading "love don't cry", which is difficult for me not to with the "skeleton me" vocal refrain. tracks 5 and 6 loosen the emotional pull, providing a quickening pace change before track 7 grabs my emotional strings once more when miss O sings "want you to be my prize" no-one I have ever heard can sing "oh" with so many variations of heart-tugging intensity as to leave this pair of ears wanting more and more and more and more. Track 8 sounds funky and vocally playful, before track 9 begins, like an emergent drive via darkness to a place you can't wait to get to again "fall sweetly, hang heavy". Finale track 10, is a slow instrumentally minimalist song to make my eyes water, an ending with gravitas. I can barely wait to hear what new heights of emotional ecstasy my favourite band will take me to with their next album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 2 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic album and the added bonus tracks are great, not a bad song on the album. The acoustic version of "Histeric" is the best acoustic version I have ever heard (no lie).
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