It's Blitz!

It's Blitz!

by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2009
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602527001883
catalogNumber: 001273502
Rank: 39008

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

Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Laura Haber   Management
Yeah Yeah Yeahs   Composer
Karen O   Art Direction
David Andrew Sitek   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Seb Marling   Art Direction
Nick Zinner   drum machine
Tony Ciulla   Management

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It's Blitz! 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
pickypicky More than 1 year ago
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!
Pink_Cuppah More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
professional performance, content and inspiration of material seems to be a little sketchy
alexinwonderland More than 1 year ago
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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