It's Blitz!

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Never content to stay in one musical place for very long, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs take their restlessness to the limit on It's Blitz! -- and wind up making some of their most contented-sounding songs. As if to prove one more time that they're not just the architects of New York's early-2000s rock renaissance, Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase strip away the guitars and explosive dynamics of their early work even more thoroughly here than they did on Show Your Bones. In their place are shiny keyboards, synthetic sounds galore, and a very different kind of energy. It's Blitz!'s images of a woman's hand bursting an egg and fleshy tomatoes and mushrooms spread across an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Never content to stay in one musical place for very long, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs take their restlessness to the limit on It's Blitz! -- and wind up making some of their most contented-sounding songs. As if to prove one more time that they're not just the architects of New York's early-2000s rock renaissance, Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase strip away the guitars and explosive dynamics of their early work even more thoroughly here than they did on Show Your Bones. In their place are shiny keyboards, synthetic sounds galore, and a very different kind of energy. It's Blitz!'s images of a woman's hand bursting an egg and fleshy tomatoes and mushrooms spread across an otherwise empty pizza box are surprising, immediate, and strangely sensual, and that goes double for the actual music. The album's first three songs are a blitz of bliss, especially "Zero," which kicks things off with blatantly fake beats, revved-up synth arpeggios, and O's command to "get your leather on." Radiating joy and confidence, she and the rest of the band couldn't be further from Show Your Bones' introspection as the song climbs to ecstatic heights. "Heads Will Roll" shows just how ably the Yeah Yeah Yeahs blend their rock firepower with dance surroundings, as Zinner's prickly guitars get equal time with spooky synth strings and O makes "you are chrome" sound like the coolest compliment ever. Meanwhile, "Soft Shock"'s dreamy, almost naïve-sounding electronics make O's vocals -- which are much less affected than ever before -- feel even more natural and vulnerable. Elsewhere, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and producers David Sitek and Nick Launay find other ways to shake things up, from the disco kiss chase of "Dragon Queen," which features Sitek's fellow TV on the Radio member Tunde Adebimpe on backing vocals, to "Shame and Fortune," which pares down the band's tough, sexy rock to its most vital essence and provides Chase and Zinner with a showcase not found anywhere else on the album. However, It's Blitz!'s bold moments are a bit misleading: the album's heart is often soft and searching, offering some of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' quietest work yet. This approach doesn't always work, as on the too-long "Runaway," but when it connects, the results are gorgeous. "Skeletons" is luminous with an oddly Celtic-tinged synth part; "Hysteric," a love song about being happy with someone rather than trying to make him or her stay, feels like the mirror twin of "Maps." The serenity in It's Blitz!'s ballads feels worlds apart from Show Your Bones in a much less obvious way than the album's outbursts. But between the violently happy songs and the softer ones, this is some of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' most balanced and cohesive music.
Daily News - Dan Aquilante
Small wonder that this time the music throbs and blips rather than slashes and burns. It loops through dinky synth riffs in "Shame and Fortune" and rolls over dreamy ones in "Soft Shock."
The Guardian
The band's glittery new disco sound suits them very well. It's all cool, brittle catchiness, with a debt owed to Eat to the Beat-era Blondie...Great stuff.

The band's glittery new disco sound suits them very well. It's all cool, brittle catchiness, with a debt owed to Eat to the Beat-era Blondie...Great stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2009
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602527025766
  • Catalog Number: 2702576
  • Sales rank: 22,221

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zero (4:25)
  2. 2 Heads Will Roll (3:42)
  3. 3 Soft Shock (3:53)
  4. 4 Skeletons (5:02)
  5. 5 Dull Life (4:08)
  6. 6 Shame and Fortune (3:31)
  7. 7 Runaway (5:13)
  8. 8 Dragon Queen (4:02)
  9. 9 Hysteric (3:52)
  10. 10 Little Shadow (3:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Primary Artist
Greg Kurstin Piano
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Stuart Bogie Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Karen O Vocals
Brian Chase Percussion, Cymbals, Drums
Imaad Wasif Guitar
Tunde Adebimpe Vocals
Eric Biondo Trumpet
Nick Zinner Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ted Jensen Mastering
Nick Launay Producer, Engineer
Laura Haber Management
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Composer
Karen O Art Direction
David Andrew Sitek Producer, Engineer
Seb Marling Art Direction
Nick Zinner drum machine
Tony Ciulla Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pretty good

    professional performance, content and inspiration of material seems to be a little sketchy

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    It's the Shiz!

    Yeah, this record is a departure from their old stuff. Yeah, I was shocked a bit to hear keyboards driving most songs. Yeah, I was initially saddened not to hear another rock jam like "Tick" or "Rich". But after only a few seconds, "Yeah" is what I thought (and even said out loud I think) when I heard the first track. These guys and girl are not just a garage circus act. They really can record and produce (see "TV on The Radio"). I guess I liken it to Jack White's ventures with Loretta Lynn and The Raconteurs. Way to bust out of the proverbial egg YYY's!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    soft shock

    This album seemed way more emotional, track by track for me at least. I stumbled across some interview saying that a few of the songs were inspired by a kitten they had. I don't know if that is true or it's some cruel joke. So now when I hear Runaway & Little Shadow, in the back of my mind I wonder. Is Karen O. really singing about a pussycat???

    Either way this CD is a pleasant mix of the old Yeah Yeah Yeahs sound we know and love, and something new.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best of the YYYs

    This is the best work that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put out to date. It is mature, but still true to their sound. I think that this CD is quite creative, and it reminds me quite a bit of 80s Pop/Alternative. Although this album is more "relaxed" compared to their debut, I believe it is the most comprehensive and cohesive record thus far.

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