February 23, 2009

Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Hysteric” — It’s Blitz!

In all the hubbub about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ forthcoming/motherfucking dance album, the ecstasy-dropping “Heads Will Roll” plus the disco-huffing “Zero” and Karen O. name-checking Factory or Manchester at roughly the pace of a gatling gun, I sure wasn’t expecting the flip view of It’s Blitz.  Ready for it?  Balladry. Somewhere between the honest-to-goodness Scottish dirge of “Skeletons” and the starry-eyed 1950isms of “Little Shadow”—think the last song at prom, if prom was cool—comes “Hysteric,” the most affecting of the gorgeous lot, which trades on the tremulous sheen that made everyone drool over “Maps” and spends its too-short four minutes playing hide-n-seek in a wooded fantasyscape before being chased out by sax fanfares.  So there you have it: 50% gleefully soulless glowstick fare, 50% melody with more heart than a wild card baseball team: two sides to the same scuffed coin.  Anyone who wrote them off seven years back while extolling The Strokes as rock messiahs needs to eat another hat—if they’ve even got one left on the rack.       

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    This song is gorgeous.
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    Flow sweetly, hang heavy You suddenly complete me You suddenly complete me.
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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Hysteric
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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Hysteric” — It’s Blitz! thenotes:In all the hubbub about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’...
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    I’m adding my name to the list of Karen O devotees who are absolutely enamoured with this song. Good god, yes.
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    eh, it’s all right. Needs mashing up with Architecture In Helsinki’s “What’s In Store?”. Only out by a semitone! Someone...
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    thenotes: Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Hysteric” — It’s Blitz! "Anyone who wrote them off seven years back while extolling The...
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    yes! yes! yes! yes! yes! :]
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    scout:thenotes: Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Hysteric” — It’s Blitz! In all the hubbub about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’...
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    i don’t even have enough words or over-thought metaphors to describe how much i adore this song.
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    Yeah Yeah Yeahs — “Hysteric” — It’s Blitz! I think Karen O. has one of the best female voices. She doesn’t get enough...
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