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  • Vinyl (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cobra
  • ASIN: B0030E5NKA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Vinyl LP pressing. 2010 sophomore album from the Brooklyn-based Indie Rockers. Yeasayer released their first album in 2007 and toured with sold out shows around the world. Now, Odd Blood is shaping up to be a highly successful record for the three piece. The album spans the musical spectrum, blending the twisted, ambient rhythms and global sound of their debut release with forceful ambitious electronics and hook-laden playful Pop.

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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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Yeasayer's debut release (2007's 'All Hour Cymbals') was a very promising mix of world beats and accessable pop hooks. It sadly sold about 10 copies and was forgotten in all but the most dedicated of 'Best-of 2007' lists. Now here we are 3 years later and have Chris Keating's band of weirdos managed to release the first (well, second after Hot Chip's earlier release) great pop album of the year?, and if so, will it be enough to rocket them towards the mainstream?, and finally, will this new-found direction be at a detriment towards the band's original fanbase? . Answers on a postcard please.

Well to answer the first question, it is catergoritally YES. This is (along with Hot Chip) the fist great 'pop' album of the year. Take the second track (Ambling Alps), it is all loud synths, disco bass and crashing percussion. Over all this Keating provides the delectable couplet 'Stick up for yourself son, nevermind what everybody else done'. The middle eight resembles The Scissor Sisters a little too much for this listeners ears' but the overall impact of the track cannot be over estimated, it is without doubt a disco classic and will (hopefully) be heard on dancefloors across the world throughout the year.

But that is by no means a lone high-point. Track 4 (I Remember) is a tender ballad which should do well if given the right exposure. Single 'O.N.E' is a Talking Heads-tinged disco anthem repleat with steel drums and stabbing synths, it has a real carribean feel to it and just at the point when it feels like it's about to enter a complete freak-out the track just blooms into a (dare I say it) Radio 1 playlist style dance climax. 'Rome' is also a highlight and will surely be released as a single in the future.
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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2010
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Yeasayer's 2007 debut 'All Hour Cymbals' was a lot of fun.
Unselfconscious arthouse rock of almost the highest order.
It had a light touch, a big smile and you could dance to it
and who could ask for more than that in these dark times?

'Odd Blood' is a very strong second showing.
The music is intelligent and interesting in equal measure.
The band are not afraid of a good tune and running with it.

'Madder Red' is one of their finest. An expansive and
powerfully melodic composition with some fine falsetto
"Woo Oohs" to sing along to (nearly always a good thing!)

The dense, synth-laden structure of 'I Remember', with its
heart-felt central vocal performance is another winner.

At times the band sound like close cousins of
TV On The Radio but have the advantage of not taking
themselves quite as seriously and at the end of the
day there is more than enough room in the world for yet
another quality Brooklyn-based experimental pop combo!

The rhapsodic rhythmic textures of 'O.N.E.' look back fondly
to the eighties but keeps nostalgia nicely under control
to deliver one of the albums highlights. Heck! Put this on
at a wedding disco and everyone would be on the floor!!

'Rome' chugs and chortles along happily. The big bad bassline
packs a punch and the ecstatic vocal harmonies are a hoot!
(The chipmunk solo is particularly delightful!)

'Strange Reunions' sounds like the lovechild of The Beach Boys
and Alanis Morissette swimming under water in the fourth dimension.

'Mondegreen' is a sort of rockabilly hootenanny on the moon.

Final track 'Grizelda' ends the album on a fragile almost folksy high.
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