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4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Of Course!, 16 May 2013
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Stotty (Bolton, England) - See all my reviews
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'Claro Que Si' is Yello's second album and follow up to the groundbreaking debut 'Solid Pleasure'. Where this album differs from the first one is that it shows the band evolving and hinting at what was to come with their breakthrough album 'You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess'.
The first half of 'Claro Que Si' is superb. Deiter Meier's vocals on opening track 'Daily Disco' may be a touch annoying, but it's a lively, catchy toe-tapper that gets things off to a decent start.
'No More Roger' shows Meier adopting a Kraftwerk-esque vocoder effect on what is a dark, gloomy song by Yello's standards and the mood continues with 'Take It All'; a terrific instrumental piece, slightly reminiscent of Ultravox's 'Vienna'.
'The Evening's Young' is next and is fairly typical of the classic Yello 'sound' with Dieter Meier rapping the vocals over an unusual riff. It provided Yello with a minor hit.
'She's Got A Gun' follows and is one of the strongest tracks on this album with a great combination of atmosphere, monologue and a 'whistled' riff, with Meier playing the part of a gumshoe private investigator in the musical equivalent of 'film noir'. It's a cracking number.
The second half of the album is very much in the same vein as the 'Sold Pleasure' album and shows the record becoming somewhat patchy.
'Ballet Mecanique' is an unusual blend of shouted vocals, weird noises and drums, which becomes reggae at one stage. It's quite an attack on the senses.
'Quad El Habib' is a smoother track with lyrics sung in Arabic (I'm guessing).
Deiter Meier allows himself to to indulge himself in role play once again; this time as a trucker in 'The Lorry'. Vocally, it's similar to 'Daily Disco' and does get quite annoying. The lyrics also leave a lot to be desired. That being said, the music is great.
'Homer Hossa' follows and is a lovely soundscape piece that just calms things down a bit.
Closing track 'Pinball Cha Cha' is totally bonkers and wouldn't have sounded out of place on the debut album.
'Claro Que Si' shows that Yello are still worlds apart from the synth-pop artists that they're often clumsily pigeonholed with. Yello are far more experimental, quirky and eccentric than that. Boris Blank and Carlos Peron were still trying to push boundaries and create unusual otherworldly soundscapes for Deiter Meier to bring his weird and wonderful characters to life in. It doesn't always work, and the band continued to be an acquired taste; but when they get it right, as they do on the first half of this album, they really are peerless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars YELLO/CLARO QUE SI (REVIEW), 22 April 2011
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THIS IS YELLO'S SUPERB FOLLOW UP ALBUM, AND FOR ME,IT COULD ALMOST BE THE VOLUME 2 OF THEIR PREVIOUS LONG PLAYER, 'SOLID PLEASURE' FROM 1980. ALL AROUND, THIS 1981 CRACKER SPORTS A MIX OF POP TONES WITH GREAT ROCKY BEATS, MIXED IN WITH GREAT SYNTH LINES, AND OF COURSE DIETER MEIER'S DEEP 'LADY KILLIG' VOCALS. ALL TRACKS PLAY IN AT UNDER 5 MINUTES IN LENGTH AND MAKES FOR VERY CATCHY/CONVENIENT LISTENING. IF YOU LOVE YOUR YELLO THEN LOOK OUT FOR THE STAND OUT TRACKS, 'DAILY DISCO', 'THE EVENINGS'S YOUNG' AND BALLAD MECHANIQUE'. THEY ARE EXAMPLES OF TRACKS THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO HAVE SET TO THE REPEAT FUNCTION ON YOUR CD PLAYER.
O R D E R T H I S A L B U M T O D A Y !!
YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED
ADAM C
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swiss Cheese, 15 Aug. 2005
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Essential early album by the Swiss duo, Dieter Meier and Boris Blank, featuring Carlos Peron on guitar. It is a little avante garde perhaps for some tastes but this is an album rich in ideas and veined with classic Deiter and Boris humour. Silly voices (the singing gorilla makes an early appearance on 'Pinball cha cha', Deiter tries out a myriad of songs that evoke film noir imagery, paeans to lonliness, isolation/alienation and adventure, Yello were one of the most remarkable groups ever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yello, 2 Feb. 2007
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G. J. Luff "GJ" (surrey, uk) - See all my reviews
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After buying "The Race" in 1988 as it hit the charts, I ventured into "Ferris Bueller's" Yello-land with "Oh Yeah". And so I went about buying the OLD stuff and wasn't convinced until "Claro Que Si"; particularly "The Evening's Young" thru "She's Got a Gun" sequence. Wow! How inventive; what a soundtrack to a movie that never existed. And then there's "Daily Disco" and all the other tracks. These guys are geniuses in my mind and forever evolving. Boris is (as far as I can tell) the shy one. Check out dietermeier.com for the explanation on the non-shy one, what a great site. I always nervously await the new album. Surely it can't be as good as the last! Oh, can it!!! Wonderful! I wish for them to continue for years to come. Bliss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An old friend., 21 Dec. 2013
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Years ago a mate who listened to new groups introduced me to Yello - Claro Que Si. Soon afterwards I bought the album which was later stolen from a party. The other day I wondered if it was still around and found it on Amazon. Got my old friend back! Great futuristic music with wonderful effects. Will now look for other albums. Thanks Amazon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Experimenting with their music, 8 Jan. 2012
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Was it the first album by Yello did. From a time in the early '80s, where the soundscape was dominated by Depeche Mode, Human League and Eurythmics. The album helped to create the right sound that was shaped to their third album. You feel truly that they are experimenting with their music. An excellent album.

Ole Nielsen / Denmark
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why of course..., 31 Jan. 2009
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Søren Nordhausen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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I'd say this is good value - great sound & six extra tracks including a wonderful 12" mix of Pinball Cha Cha. Also beautifully repacked in a carton-cover (love those!) with an informative booklet including lyrics. One small minus though - the writing on the back is upside down...
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