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.