Odd Blood

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Don't judge a book by its cover… or an album by its first track. Odd Blood gets off to an odd start with "The Children" -- a robotic, plodding song that prizes mood over melody -- before settling into a more balanced groove, mixing the multicultural sounds of Yeasayer's debut with a new emphasis on electronica, global trip-hop, and digital production. Like All Hour Cymbals, this is a thinking man's album, one that requires its listeners to put on their thinking caps as well as their dancing shoes. It's more urban than its predecessor, though, with most songs ditching the tribal harmonies and lo-fi analog ambience of the band's earlier work in favor of an electric, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
Don't judge a book by its cover… or an album by its first track. Odd Blood gets off to an odd start with "The Children" -- a robotic, plodding song that prizes mood over melody -- before settling into a more balanced groove, mixing the multicultural sounds of Yeasayer's debut with a new emphasis on electronica, global trip-hop, and digital production. Like All Hour Cymbals, this is a thinking man's album, one that requires its listeners to put on their thinking caps as well as their dancing shoes. It's more urban than its predecessor, though, with most songs ditching the tribal harmonies and lo-fi analog ambience of the band's earlier work in favor of an electric, textured sound. "Love Me Girl," with its mix of Balearic beat keyboards and sampled female vocals, could have come from an Ibiza nightclub, while "Madder Red" strikes an unlikely balance between synth pop, Middle Eastern folk, and '80s dance music. Anand Wilder often abandons his guitar entirely, focusing instead on the keyboards that serve as Odd Blood's bedrock, and he sings the latter song in a voice that's clear, pleasant, and devoid of the yelping that characterized some of All Hour Cymbals' tracks. Chris Keating has similarly improved, so much so that he delivers a rather stunning ballad -- the Air-influenced "I Remember" -- with warmth and understated confidence. Odd Blood's emphasis on genre-mashing can overwhelm the weaker tunes, whose melodies are sometimes less interesting than the arrangements themselves, but the album has enough highlights to outweigh any filler on side B. All in all, this is a rare sophomore album that widens the band's sound without narrowing its appeal.
Boston Globe
An unfamiliar listener coming in cold to Yeasayer’s second full-length album probably wouldn’t make it too much further than the opener, “The Children.’’ It’s a choppy, dirge-like downer, the soundtrack to a spooky submarine’s descent into the abyss in cinematic slow motion. But it would be a tragic mistake to abandon ship on this avant-pop Brooklyn trio just before the fun starts.
The Onion A.V. Club
Odd Blood is every bit as dense as its predecessor, with every inch of space teeming with exhausting polyrhythmic detail and time-warped synth sounds.

Odd Blood is every bit as dense as its predecessor, with every inch of space teeming with exhausting polyrhythmic detail and time-warped synth sounds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/9/2010
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • UPC: 656605021027
  • Catalog Number: 50210
  • Sales rank: 113,923

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Children (3:12)
  2. 2 Ambling Alp (3:55)
  3. 3 Madder Red (4:03)
  4. 4 I Remember (4:23)
  5. 5 O.N.E. (5:23)
  6. 6 Love Me Girl (5:00)
  7. 7 Rome (3:48)
  8. 8 Strange Reunions (2:35)
  9. 9 Mondegreen (4:37)
  10. 10 Grizelda (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yeasayer Primary Artist
Jerry Marotta Percussion, Drums, Taos Drum
Colin Stetson Horn
Stuart Bogie Horn, Jew's Harp, Bass Harmonica
Jason Trammell Drums
Ahmed Abdullah Gallab Timbales, electronic percussion
Kevin Bewersdorf Synthesizer, Piano
Technical Credits
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Steve Revitte Engineer
Britt Myers Engineer
Daniel Murphy Layout
Yeasayer Composer, Producer
Anand Wilder Composer, Producer
Ira Wolf Tuton Composer, Producer
Chris Keating Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Jake Aron Engineer
Benjamin Phelan Artwork
Jason Foster Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    Can't stop listening to it.

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    Posted February 9, 2010

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