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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B000VLLYEY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,840 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Hot on the heels of fellow Brooklyn based sonic adventurers Vampire Weekend and MGMT come Yeasayer, who take David Byrne and Paul Simon's African odysseys as their start point, moving seamlessly through psychedelia, Fleetwood Mac-esque harmonies, jangly indie pop and, most intriguingly, the '80's bombast of Tears For Fears . Feted by bloggers and critics alike, this is very much the sound of 2008.

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Thankfully, given some of the wince-inducing publicity that accompanied this, Yeasayer's first album is less ethereal meandering and more of a cosmic barn dance. The band list some of their influences as Cyndi Lauper, Leonard Cohen, Thomas Mapfumo and Popul Vuh, and if the clash between bubble-headed Lauper and leaden-hearted Cohen begins to suggest what a crazy amalgam Yeasayer is, it is Mapfumo's politically-charged 'chimurenga' music and the dreamlike psychedelia of Popul Vuh that provides the real clues as to where they are coming from. Comparisons can be misleading, however (TV on the Radio meets Peter Gabriel, anyone?); it might be just as useful to note that Yeasayer dream of a future wearing purple robes in a glass-spired city free from terror, but, then again, you may be too busy grooving to All Hour Cymbals' percussive mantras to notice.

At times, these utopian Brooklynites remind me of the glee I first felt on living in America and discovering that all the old music my contemporaries had rejected as uncool was okay after all, and at other times, they remind me of the shock I felt on discovering that the Moody Blues had also been invited to the party (take the prog stylings here on 'No Need to Worry' for example). However, for the most part, Yeasayer do successfully bring off their eclectic combination of hippy space dub and anthemic indie-rock, and from the opening magical (or should that be madrigal?) boogies to the concluding tracks 'Wait for the Wintertime' and 'Worms / Waves', the album's powerful dynamics suggest someone has been taking notes from Arcade Fire. If at times the whole image seems more than a little manipulative, this is still an album that continues to beguile and enchant on repeated listens; let's hope, as the quote on the back cover puts it, that Yeasayer do help persuade the indie kids to get it together and outbreed the boring country Christians.

See you in 2080! --Tim Nelson

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The latest thing is supposedly Indie Music informed by World Music and Yeasayer are perhaps the prime exponents of this trend. Looking back, there have been hybrids of this kind in the past - the Wedding Present's side project, The Ukrainians being a prime example. Then there were a host of bands in the early nineties who went a stage further and added dance music into the indie-world mix - the unfairly forgotten and utterly wonderful Transglobal Underground are a case in point.

Now come Yeasayer, Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective and Beirut amongst others. These artists follow the template to carying degrees with Beirut the least indie of all and Animal Collective providing only hints of non-Anglo sounds. Yeasayer, however, need to be congratulated for making a very good fist of attempting a brand new sound. The LP really is a difficult one to compare to anything else and if a few of the tracks take a while to get into, most hit the spot very well indeed. Prime amongst these is the fabulous "2080" - a lament for the planet which rings out over crystal clear production and is topped off with a marvellous multi-person chorus at the end. "All Hour Cymbals" is not showstoppingly good, but it's one of the most refreshing new albums released in 2007.
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World music has been infiltrated into other genres for some considerable time .George Harrison brought his love of Indian mysticism and culture into The Beatles and various bands down the years have done the same .Dance bands in the 1990,s especially seemed to cotton on how vibrant and exotic music could sound filtering in music from other cultures , so bands like Transglobal Underground and Loop Guru made some of the most essential music of that era and indeed continue to do so to this day. Then of course there is seminal work like Brian Eno and David Byrnes " My Life In the Bush Of Ghosts", Talking Heads "Remain In Light" , even Paul; Simons "Graceland".
Yeasayer is one of a number of bands from New York causing a bit of a buzz as I believe it's industry cool to say. Yeassayer though, doesn't just integrate world music with pop or rock or dance or whatever , he isn't that genre specific . Yeasayer chucks just about everything into the mix .There are elements of pop, rock , dance , funk , jazz and probably other stuff as well but it's most distinctive in the use of non-western music. The band list some of their influences as Cyndi Lauper, Leonard Cohen, Thomas Mapfumo and Popul Vuh but you could cheerfully add TV On The Radio or Arcade Fire onto that list.
So now I've got all that stuff about who it sounds like it's time to broach what the music sounds like. Gee....that's a more difficult proposition .If I said "2080" had a Beach Boys melody construed by African tribesman as the sun set on a sun baked plain would that help? Album opener "Sunrise" has an earthy gospel vibe allied to knuckle popping percussion and woozy handclaps. "Wait For The Summer" filters multi tracked vocals through chiming bells , zinging strings amid a ramshackle arrangement.
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Best band I have heard in such a long time. Even from a first listen im completely hooked. They sound far better live too.
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This is a great album, definitely worth buying, but they are an even better live band, and as others have said regarding their performance on Jools Holland this album actually fails to do them justice.
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I love this album now. Bought after seeing on Jools Holland and some of the tracks were 'growers' rather than the immediacy of 2080 and Sunrise but now I'm totally hooked.
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I also heard them on Jules Holland and bought the album as I just love this kind of melodic, flowing music. Great instrumentation, the vocals soar over the music and transport you. Recommended!
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I saw Yeasayer on Jools Holland's Later where they played the outstanding 2080 and Sunrise and bought this album on the strength of it. And it's just wonderful. Album has almost no info about them, nor does their web-site.

If you've read the other reviews you'll see it how hard it is to describe what this band sounds like. I'm listening as I write this to No Need to Worry, which is very vaguely Beach Boys/Four Seasons but with a sinister , dark twist to it. There's bits of The Shins, touches of CSNY but I'm really stuck trying to work out what their influences are; really a truly original band.
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