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It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2009

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It's Blitz!
Album Summary

It's Blitz! is the third studio album by American indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, released on March 6, 2009, by Interscope Records. It was originally set for release on April 13, 2009. However, after being leaked to the Internet on February 22, the release date was pushed forward to March 9 for the digital version and March 31 for the physical version.The album was produced by Nick Launay, along with TV on the Radio's David Andrew Sitek. It spawned three singles: "Zero", "Heads Will Roll", and "Skeletons". It's Blitz! was nominated for Best Alternative Music Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

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3.51

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Rock
Punk
Indie

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Greater than the sum of its parts, dull life seemed appropriate for covid and realised this might have been the last cool person called Karen

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Sat Nov 20 2021
3

A hard album to assess. The album has a real sweep to it, a sense of ideas being mustered, and a evident passion. So why am I not responding to this as warmly as I should? Maybe it's the middle. Like your mum aged 22, there's palpable sag in the middle. It could be me: I was at uni when this came out, and the hype of the New York rock revival never persuaded me, despite the constant claims of Sonics/Gang of Four/New Order parentage. Possibly it's my aversion to record-collection rock, and I'm not impressed by a rehash of Bizarre Love Triangle. But ultimately the Yeah Yeah Yeahs just aren't enough. You want more. Listening to them, you want them to be a little more melodic, a little more emotional, a little more abrasive, a little more arctic, a little more erotic, a little more bombastic, a little more detached, a little more serene, a little more urban, a little more experimental and a little more fun. You have here a decent band, sure, and that's fine, but a decent band is not a great band, and even though I want to root for them now, I find I can't outright.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Jam packed with tasty synth-fueled indie jams. Feels like it’s cut from the same cloth as Florence + the Machine, but they used that cloth to make tight jumpsuits instead of flowy dresses. It may be a Friday morning, but this album makes me long for Saturday night.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Day 25 of Albums You Must Hear... Next up on my list of randomly generated music is an album titled Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, released in 2009. Not gonna lie, I’m not super familiar with this band. The first track, Zero, had me optimistic. Okay, this is going to be a dance/punk record. Heads Will Roll, the second track, is so good that I was super stoked for the rest of the album! Then, this album took a nosedive into loneliness and despair. While the production is top tier, and the vocals of singer Karen O are satisfying to listen to, this albums premature crescendo left me with musical blue balls. In all fairness, music is closely tied to the mood of the listener, and if you’re in the state of mind for the last 8 of the ten tracks on Ok Blitz!, I’m completely understanding. Maybe I got this album at the wrong time, but I couldn’t give it more than a couple listens. I’m not shitting on this album from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, just after hearing the first two songs I felt honey dicked. You can’t name your album Blitz! with an exclamation point and then lose all momentum after two songs in. On that note, in conclusion, Heads Will Roll is REALLY good and I’d totally add that song to a playlist in a heartbeat. Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Awesome! I likee it even more than i thought I would!

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Fri Jun 25 2021
5

Electrifying. Karen O is a rock and roll goddess and the band has a blast on this record. Every song is just a ton of fun, very original, and a lot of good grooves too.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
1

Love the covert photo of the exploding egg! And that just about exhausts my praise. I would call It's Blitz a failure except that you have to actually attempt something to fail. It's Blitz is deeply mediocre in every imaginable way: songcraft, synth textures, arrangements, and production. This is kind of the late oughts version of bubblegum music like the Archies, but with shitty synths and inferior songwriting. Except for the vocals, this album could have been generated by a reasonably sophisticated AI. That's how generic and uncreative it is. I complain a lot about modern hip hop in this channel, but It's Blitz makes those albums look like the height of sophistication and ambition. If I could give this half a point, I would. Mind numbing.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

-Nice blend between dance tunes and slow/acoustic tunes.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Surprise! A scant two weeks after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ debut album shows up here we get another one recorded six years later. I loved their debut but hadn’t expected a second album on this list from them. I also did not expect to love IT’S BLITZ! even more than the first album. This is a stunning evolution. Karen O’s incredible vocals shimmer over glittering synths and driving dance floor beats. Heavy doses of disco and new wave transform the band as Karen O achieves Blondie-levels of greatness. The opening track “Zero” erupts pure glitter as the dance floor lights up around me and a cascade of lights fill the room. How’d I wind up in the coolest club in town?! “Holy shit!” was my last thought as I lost myself in this incredible song. No chance of leaving the dance floor now as “Heads Will Roll” fires a one-two disco punch. This is the sort of song that gets you dancing by yourself without giving a fuck about who’s around. The drums keep time as Karen O rules the dance floor on a wave of synths and gritty guitars. This is no sterile electronic environment. These songs cozy up like best friends sharing moments of joy, sadness, pain, love and surrender. How the hell does an album get this cool?! Karen O would be right at home in a silver body suit on a series of disco-oriented tracks like “Dragon Queen.” They’re joined by lush ballads like the piano-driven “Runaway” or the guitar-and-organ-powered “Little Shadow,” perfect for coming down with that special someone at the end of a night. Songs like “Faces” and “Hysteric” add a zest of Tegan and Sara quirkiness… so much to discover! IT’S BLITZ! invites you to dance and chill with the coolest trio in town. Get your leather on… ‘cause you’d be crazy to pass up this much fun!

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

Zero is a tune. It's a great energetic way to start the album. I knew that song well before listening, and also knew 'Heads Will Roll' which is also good. The energy and vibe changes a bit beyond this, but it's generally solid, with some standout tracks sprinkled in. 'Runaway' is great, it's got a real depth and atmosphere to it. 3.5 rounded up. And side note: It's a great album cover!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
5

Really surprised by this one! It's so different from Fever to Tell which we had just two weeks ago. The sound is cleaner and seems more intentional. Dance beats but still an alt-rock sound. I dig it!

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

'Heads will roll' is such a banger. It's a pretty solid album all round. they remind me a lot of the band Metric, in particular with the vocals. First three songs lead to a strong start, a punchy punky party album. Very suddenly becomes a bit more melancholic with 'Skeletons' which threw me, only to be whiplashed back to those fast beats with 'Dull Life' before winding down to more melodic songs once again. The final song 'Little Shadow' comes across almost like a lullaby and is a very sweet way to end what started as quite a raucous album.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

I love this album! It’s rare that I love the studio recorded version of something as much as hearing it live (I used to have a bootleg that was from a concert), but it does it for me. Karen O’s vocals, the strings, the pulsing and the energy! I love it!!!!

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Tue Sep 07 2021
4

The thing with YYYs is that the lyrics bounce back and forth between inspired and insipid with little to no warning. That said, this album is really quite good and just gets better as the album went out. The back half of the album is straight fire. This only misses a 5-star review because of a few, pretty goofy tracks at the beginning.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Rocking. Hard guitars and fucking attitude. Love it. 4.4 as it was just a little short of amazing.

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Tue Jan 23 2024
4

Nr. 106/1001 Zero 4/5 Heads Will Roll 4/5 Soft Shock 4/5 Skeletons 4/5 Dull Life 4/5 Shame And Fortune 3/5 Runaway 3/5 Dragon Queen 3/5 Hysteric 4/5 Little Shadow 4/5 Faces 3/5 Aberage: 3,64 Really liked her voice.

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Mon Nov 06 2023
3

Rating: ** 3 ** Notes: Really liked the beginnig of the album, and was really suprised when i realized that i actually know one of the songs ("Heads Will Roll") but the further the album progressed, the boringer it got. Also I did not like that they put the same songs but acoustic version of it in the album... that should be done in a delux edition. Songs which stood out in no particular order (credits to Uncle Gue for the idea): "Zero" "Heads will roll" "Soft Shock" ------------------------------------------------------------- Rating Scale: 1- very bad 2- bad 3- neutral 4-good 5-very good additonaly -/+ sign if necessary

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

I can sorta see the strokes comparison. As a big fan of the strokes I really enjoyed this album. The textures on the rock was really nice

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

I love their debut album but have not listened to this album before (other than maybe a couple songs). I really loved this album. Standout tracks: heads will roll, runaway, hysteric, soft shock

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Sat Jan 30 2021
5

Already knew it, and love it. I really like Karen O

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Love this album. Much more glam than their debut, but still amazing.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Hey I know at least some of this music. I know it and I like it. The last song isn't available on Spotify so gotta find it somewhere else. Automatic 4 though since I know part of the album pretty well. Maybe give it a 5 once I hear the rest. Ok yeah I liked this a lot. Giving it a 5.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
5

Ik dacht dat 'yeah yeah yeahs' een soort DJ-achtig collectief was. But boy, was I wrong. Het blijkt een erg goeie indie-rock band te zijn, met een heel sterk album. 'Heads Will Roll' was een grote hit, maar staat wat ver af van de sound van de rest van het album dat heel wat meer gitaarwerk heeft. Heel er leuke verrassing die ik moet onthouden

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

So cool and poised and raucous

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Desconocidos para mí. Me voy a hacer fan.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Ptn j'adore! Soft shock et Runaway sont mes prefs

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

I love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and this album has always been a favorite. Always love a relisten

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Thu Jan 27 2022
5

1001 Albums likes the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and so do I! This music is my jam!

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

I love this band! Each track is distinct and reminds me of a time when I was in university and the world seemed full of possibilities. Karen's voice is awesome, and every track in this album is cohesive and perfect. I'd almost forgotten that this band existed, so this is a good reminder to have this album on rotation, especially when I feel down.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

Absolute classic. Not a weak song on the album. Dragon Queen is such a secret slammer. I know this album very well and it still catches me by surprise. Favorite Tracks: Dragon Queen, Heads will Roll, Hysteric

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

Love this album, hadn't listed in a very long time. Glorious voice, tight production, terrific rock and roll

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

How have i never listened to this? Great songs - Zero will be on lots of my playlists.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

i'm really happy that my first album back after a hiatus from the 1001 could be such a good one. at times reflective and at times totally wild, Karen O's fantastic vocal performance takes this over the top 10/10

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Sun May 15 2022
5

The best YYY project by far. Karen O and the band are perfectly in sync. A modern classic. Best track: Runaway

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Thu May 26 2022
5

I listened to this album when it was released and never stopped. 10/10

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Tue May 31 2022
5

This is one of my favorite albums. I saw them live at Coachella one year and was in awe of their talent.

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Tue May 31 2022
5

I love the synths melting and enveloping into the rock sound like a butter on a toasted bread. It's so delicious and mood uplifting, like a good breakfast on a peaceful morning. Those kinds of morning where one tries to think about their life decisions with a hint of nostalgia. It's another oddly sad yet happy indie rock from the 2000's. I dunno what exactly drives them. Hope? Nostalgia? I dunno, but I love it. It's one of my favorite parts of the '00s music scene. Karen O has such a sweet voice. And I love how she drives the energy of the synths and the emotion of the album's tracks. Overall, it's an indie perfection. Inconsistent, but that only made it better. It felt like the musical version of "finding yourself". It's so soothing and mood uplifting. Yes, the BLITZ! title with an egg being... squeezed in the cover seems misleading in terms of sound, but it nailed my reaction to the album. It's freaking BLITZ!

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Sun Jun 05 2022
5

Love it! Fabulous range from dancy synth pop to dreamy, lyrical tracks. Zero and Heads Will Roll both made it into Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2009 so the album is definitely part of the soundtrack of that year. Karen O's voice alternatively soars and soothes. This album is tight and well deserves its place in this compilation.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

Les deux premiers titres et Runaway ♥️♥️

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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

2009 best year in indie don't @ me! This is my favorite YYY album and an absolute classic of indie rock. It makes me really happy to see it included here.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

I'm not sure why I never got this album when it came out. I loved the first two. It's stands up just as well as the others, I'll definitely be revisiting this.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

This is my jam. 10/10 cover. Absolutely insane production (just listen to 'Dragon Queen'!). Stunning highlights in the bangers 'Zero' and 'Head Will Roll' along with the wicked good 'Dull Life'.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

The acoustic versions were really. Karen O sounds like an angel

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Magnifique album from front to back.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

I ruddy love this album. Really transports me back to the heady days of 2009. Such a great sound, instantly recognisable and a legendary band in my eyes, so glad they've got new stuff coming out as well

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

I absolutely love every song on this album.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Creo que me gustaría ponerle 4,5

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

Killer indie country pop punk goodness. Pulls off both a lovely head-bopping energy and downtempo ballads. Don't sleep on the acoustic covers! 4.8/5

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

I adore this album. From the epic opening one-two punch of dance jams “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll” to the quiet bedroom pop of “Little Shadow,” this is an exceptionally well-rounded and sequenced album. I have a strong nostalgic attachment to this album too. I played it a ton in college (working at the radio station, it was one of those albums all the DJs got excited about) and Dree and I listened to it a lot together in our early months of dating. But aside from my own emotional attachment, there’s no denying this album is excellent. It’s filled with big hooks, big emotions, hard rock and dance songs (I love the sexy electro-funk of “Dragon Queen”), alongside more tender moments (I totally forgot about “Hysteric” until it came on and it just totally overwhelmed me with emotions - such a great love song). One of my all-time favorite album covers too.

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Sat Dec 17 2022
5

Parhaan albumin kaava - Monikerroksellisuus, pintapuolinen ja syvyys (Felt mountain, (David Bowie mikä tahansa levy)) Monitakertevuus - (DSOTM), mietitkö ja vaikuttaako - Skaala DSOTM:ssa onnistuu hyvin.. Termi ”aihe” viittaa mihin tahansa toistuvaan elementtiin... Siinä albumissa ei kukaan väitä ettei aihetta olisi.... mutta nämä "toistuvat elementit" jotka ovat... DARK SIDE OF THE MOON LEVYSSÄ ON MILLENIAALI... LÖRPÖTYSTÄ.. LAULETAAN JOO IHAN URHEASTI.. mutta rumpu työskentely laiskan lörpökkää.. Sama "toistuva elementti" on myös täysin samat sointukulut ja samalta kuullostavat kappaleet... DSOTM ON PASKAMYRSKY JOLLA ON AINAKIN KAKSI HYPE BIISIÄ ALUSSA!! (Speak To Me - On The Run).. Hype biisit koostuvat äärimmäisen yksinkertaisista elementeistä.. Basso.... Heh, kaikki kuluttajat pitävät bassosta.. Audiofiilit eivät.. treble... ja nopeasta rytmistä.. niin vitun easy listening… Aihio pitää olla vaikka sekaisin olosta pidänkin........ TÄSSÄ ON HYVIN SEKAVA ALBUMI!!!! aihio piirtyy moniavonaisin lyriikoin ja tämä on selvästi artpop/rockkia todella hankala ottaa tosta soundista kiinni... Uskomatonta että vitosta lentää... Meemi biisi toinen biisi.. arvaatko ensimmäisestä biisistä jo... Mikä tulee olemaan.. heh... aika hankala... Omaperäinen soundi..

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

Never really listened to the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs but I really enjoyed this!

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Sat Jan 21 2023
5

Really good! Some of the songs just kind of passed me by, but there were some excellent indie bangers. I have to say I prefer the A-Trak remix of Heads Will Roll to the original, but it's still great. The acoustic tracks were pretty too. Dull Life and Runaway stood out especially to me. This is a fun album and I found a few songs I'll absolutely come back to. Favourite: Dull Life

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Sun Jan 22 2023
5

Not many great albums from that period so this rare.

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Wed Jan 25 2023
5

The only Yeah Yeah Yeahs song I'd heard before is Heads Will Roll, and I never thought to check them out further. I should have been listening to this album for years!

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

Yea, I loved this. I hadn't listened cover to cover before but may not really be a weak song on there.

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

All bangers, instantly transported back to early 2000s.

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Tue Feb 21 2023
5

It's Blitz! is a fantastic album, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have melded synth-punk with alt pop in a way that just makes sense. It's upbeat tempo coupled with the emotional lyrics let you know that they want you to forget about your loneliness/heartbreak by literally dancing the blues away. Best: Heads Will Roll Worst: Hysteric

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Fri Mar 03 2023
5

Tant la voix que la musique évoquent pour moi une grande tension, une fébrilité qui me rejoint, une sorte d'énergie du désespoir qui ne faiblit jamais.

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Thu Mar 30 2023
5

Bangers on here. Unique sounds that haven't lost their novelty yet.

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Tue Apr 04 2023
5

I love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs! Happy to see this one on here :)

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Mon Apr 17 2023
5

I really really wanted to give this album 4 stars. I really did. But I listened. And I listened. And I got more and more hooked into it.

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Tue May 02 2023
5

Throwback time! Vet album, was weer vergeten hoe goed het was.

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Tue May 09 2023
5

I absolutely adore this album

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Tue May 09 2023
5

Really takes me back. I think I knew every track on this one. 2009... KC radio and 96.5. Great cover art.

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Tue May 16 2023
5

Saw at Hollywood bowl, iconic late 2000s sound

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Thu Jun 08 2023
5

Heads Will Roll still slaps. Runaway may be my favorite.

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Sat Jun 24 2023
5

I have never listened to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs before but apparently this is a progression from rock to dance. 'Zero' is rather good -- I can tell how it has both rock and dance influences. This is a very good dance album from the first two songs! Probably 9/10 -- either 4 or 5 -- probably 4. Nice length. Definite 9/10 but also 4/5. Not quite 5 but very, very good! (This was my first time listening: I have yet to award 5 stars to an album I have never heard of or never listened to a little bit of, like this one). That said, I have added it to my library and will definitely be listening again. Actually, despite being 9/10, I think it is a 5. All the songs were very good.

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Sat Jul 01 2023
5

Desconocidos para mí. Me voy a hacer fan.

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Mon Jul 10 2023
5

Really enjoyed this at first listen. Put me in mind of Metric. Definitely need to look into more.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
5

Un muy destacable álbum del género indie-alternativa. Una mezcla de los sonidos más influyentes de la ola garage de los 2000's mezclado de forma casi pionera con las tendencias electrónicas de los 2010's. Un infaltable en el catálogo musical de cualquier melómano.

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