Photo by Josh Wildman taken from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' official website
After the release of Is Is in 2007, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs took some time off to create a well-produced album all over the states (It's Blitz!). Due to the severe net leakage of this album, the band has decided to digitally release the album early on March 10th (worldwide). It will be released in physical form on March 31st (US) and April 6th (worldwide).
It's Blitz! seems to be a mixture of old school Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a new synthesized version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Some songs, like "Zero", "Heads Will Roll" and "Soft Shock", use a fair amount of synth and electro-esque sounds. And even though they use a fair amount of modernized musical instruments, they still seem to emit a raw sound. Do not fear, the synths are definitely not overdone. Apparently they busted out this new sound because of their love for 70s disco collaborations and Karen O's love for dancing. If you're also worried that this album will be too dancey for you, it won't. The synth and disco sounds are kept to a minimum.
I already seem to have a favourite song on the album; "Runaway". This song is probably the saddest song on the album. It's use of piano, orchestra and Karen O's distinct emotional voice/lyrics, make this song perfect to aimlessly walk alone to.
Other songs like "Soft Shock" and "Heads Will Roll" have caught my attention as well. These ones are more upbeat and use that synth that was discussed earlier very well. "Dull Life" is another song to take note of; it has a country-esque dance beat to it (maybe this one was recorded on the farm in Massachusetts). This song will make you want to uncontrollably dance around the room, I guarantee it.
After waiting two years (or three if you don't count the EP release), It's Blitz! is a very satisfying album. I'm very glad that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have come back with a diverse album. Synth or no synth, each song still emanates that raw Yeah Yeah Yeahs' sound. Perhaps this album is a blitz between raw and new instruments. Whatever the blitz is, I like it.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll