“It’s Blitz!”, “Tentacles”
This week I’m reviewing two extremely good albums, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ third album “It’s Blitz!” and Crystal Antlers debut album “Tentacles”.
They both leaked this week and I for one will be going out and buying these CD’s when they eventually get released.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a band fronted by the singer Karen O, her voice is versatile and in my opinion is one of the best female rock vocalists going around. Their sound has changed a lot since their last EP, “Is Is”, which was released in 2007, the amount of use of synthesisers has been increased and I can sense that producer Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) and his band has influenced the Yeah Yeah Yeahs new sound greatly. The strength in the album is it’s depth, every song is masterfully produced and Karen O’s vocals are the centrepiece of every song, even more so than other the bands other efforts.
The song ‘Zero’ is the first single taken from the album and has no shortage of synths, it’s extremely catchy and is a perfect starter to the album. ‘Heads Will Roll’ is an amazing piece of music, I’m really surprised this wasn’t picked as the single, as it provides a good stepping stone from their last album, synthesisers still appear, yet it’s a style similar to the EP “Is Is”. The song ‘Dragon Queen’ features TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, although his voice isn’t prominent, he definitely adds something to the song, the song is the best example of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new sound, it is definitely a big step away from the debut album “Fever To Tell” and the guitars have an electronica fell to them but it still sounds like a Yeah Yeah Yeahs song. ‘Dull Life’ features the guitar more than any other song on the album and is a song that holds together the connection between the bands previous albums to this one. My favourite song off the album is definitely ‘Soft Shock’, it’s a slower tempo song and it’s simplicity sets it apart from the rest of the record.
“It’s Blitz!” seems to have the makings of a great album, I’m loving it at the moment and I think it will grow on me more as time goes by. It is an album that will put the band into the limelight and cement them as one of the best bands going around.
“Tentacles” is the debut album from Crystal Antlers, an experimental indie rock band that comes from California and seem to take influences from King Crimson to The Velvet Underground, but they also are influenced by a lot of the indie rock scene. Crystal Antlers released a critically acclaimed EP last year and have built on that to record this album, while I don’t think the band will be big, they will definitely be around for a while as their music is intriguing.
The use of the guitar in the music is interesting because although the music is unlike most other music being made at the moment, the guitar is the instrument that is used most experimentally. The album has a feeling of controlled chaos and this is something that few bands achieve, the songs flow into each other and at points they explode into fast-paced jams. Songs like ‘Tentacles’ is a great example of this and while not all the tracks have the energy of the title track, they still possess amounts of energy that other bands would be envious of.
“Tentacles” is an extremely solid effort from a band that seems to know how to reinterpret other genres.