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on 21 February 2010
Yeasayer had a task to top their brilliant debut, and so quite rightly decided to take an almighty leap in another direction altogether for this follow up.

Unfortunately this leap, as obviously calculated as it was, landed them in this steaming pile of ordure.

It's hard to express how awesomely bad this is: the opening track throws something of a curve by coming across like an abandoned collaboration between Fever Ray and TV on the Radio before the album settles down to the business at hand: producing slice after slice of excruciatingly soulless and mindless 1980s plastic pop, drenched in synths, hooks, naggingly insistent choruses and bone-headed lyrics. Imagine Nik Kershaw or Blancmange or Tears for Fears or even the Thompson Twins or any of the 80s detritus that littered the remainder bins of the land being remastered by a particularly fidgety producer who can't stop hitting every effects button within reach. It's a masterful combination that produces the most obnoxiously juvenile album I hope to hear this year. The comparison with their debut makes this act of crass, craven chart-chasing all the more painful, but they're to find solace in the critics, who have fallen on this bit of cheap, tatty costume jewelery shrieking "Pretty pretty! Shiny shiny!"

Whereas the first album took you to exotic, eclectic and uplifting places, this takes you to a sticky-floored disco in Romford in 1983, throws a glass of Babycham over you and insists that you're having a REALLY GREAT TIME, YEAH? Despite evidence to the contrary.

If you've been craving a Howard Jones revival, then your moment may very well have come. And you're welcome to it.
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on 29 January 2011
Yeasayer are not conventional - their stuff is whacky but catchy and they are so animated live. A bit odder than indie.
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on 8 February 2010
I saw the video for Ambling Alp on NMEtv its a fantastic song , got the album because of it, i thought it sounded a little too poppy for me, to be fair i wasnt expecting it to be so, all in all little dissapointing. Might update review when i play it more often???? well ive listened to it a few more times and still no change too poptastic!!!
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