Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It’s Blitz! (5 stars)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It’s Blitz!

Show Your Bones almost broke them, but if any band could survive their self-professed darkest period and come back all cylinders firing it’s the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Snooty types have always been quick to pooh-pooh the art rock trio’s muso credibility; using frontwoman Karen O’s wicked eye for natty threads and outlandish performances to call into question their substance. But no-one can argue with It’s Blitz! – an astonishing and cleverly crafted third effort that perfectly combines the band’s trademark frantic punk with blissful atmospheric soundscapes.

The twinned production team of Nick Launay (who worked on the 2007 released Is Is EP) and TV on the Radio’s sonic maestro Dave Sitek are largely responsible for the way this record sounds – one clearly pushing the threesome into unexplored synth-driven territory, the other charged with retaining all the sultry attack and romance that made them brilliant in the first place. Add that to some of the finest music Yeah Yeah Yeahs have ever penned and Karen O on top vocal form – shrieking, wailing and chirping all over the shop – and it makes for truly awesome listening.

Looking for highlights? Take your pick from any of the ten. From feisty strop pop anthems such as ‘Zero’, ‘Heads Will Roll’, ‘Dull Life’ and ‘Shame And Fortune’ to tender ballads ‘Skeletons’, ‘Runaway’, ‘Little Shadow’ and ‘Hysteric’ – the latter warmly coated in a mass of horns and whistles – there’s a real sense of space and unbridled passion sparking out of these songs. It’s Blitz! finds the Yeah Yeah Yeahs experimenting and having a blast so infectious that you’ll find yourself whipped into a tizzy from the get-go. Dizzyingly good.


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