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It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2009

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It's Blitz!

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

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

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boring

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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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Flat and uninspiring.

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A fav

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

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Oh Karen O ❤️

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

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

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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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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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Really good album!

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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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diiiig it

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Really good album

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I liked this one a lot!

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So cool and poised and raucous

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2000s perfection

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Desconocidos para mí. Me voy a hacer fan.

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

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Loved this!

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Head banger!

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

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Discazo

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

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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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Love this album

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

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Love this album

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

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

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very dancable pop rock album

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This band is so much fun. Heads will roll is a classic (remix is better though)

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3.5 5 stars for firs two songs, 2-4 for rest of album

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High energy excellent modern indie. some great haunting tunes near the end, solid album throughout with no weak tracks

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Not my preferred style, but well done. I enjoyed the acoustic versions a lot.

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I knew the song “Off With Their Heads” prior to hearing the full album. Overall I thought it was fun. I didn’t write anything down while listening and I don’t know any of the song titles, but it was a solid listen. I think more than anything it was nice to have something more ‘modern’. I think I liked the front half more than the back, but as I’ve mentioned before that is something that happens a lot to me, even with my favorite albums. I wish I had taken more notes, haha.

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Great album, not the best of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but a great album

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Enjoyable synth

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nice vocals. i think its a bit dated tune. but same as below. will listen again but not intentionally

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Great album— loved it

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Never really listened to them other than the hits. Enjoyed this one!

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Really like this. It's more modern than I was expecting.

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Like it!!

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YES YES YES

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I hadn't listened to this album since it first came out. It's well produced with some really great songs. Nice snapshot of that era

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Similar to Metric in the way her voice floats above the instruments with seemingly sparse midrange.

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Mad that it took me so long to get to it

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Production: 15/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =62 Zero and Heads will roll doing a LOT of the work in that rating

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Lush vocals, great musicianship. What more could you want?

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I like it. Added to my collection. I knew some songs already.

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Good stuff. Debated 3 or 4... Rounding up.

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Underappreciated alternative band from the 00s, the album itself has very different feelings which speaks to the range of this band.

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Finally a good electro pop album. Zero checks a lot of boxes for me. HEADS WILL ROLLL. The album starts to peter out after that but its got great electro rock grooves throughout

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Bueeeno

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I had the remix of Heads Will Roll on high rotation in my car and spinning classes back in the day. I was pleasantly surprised to hear so many other catchy songs on this album. I like the combination of synths and guitars throughout and the way the songs build in intensity. Dull Life really rocks. The singer reminds me a bit of Emily Haines of Metric. Good song-writing overall - they stay with you pretty qucikly.

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This album was really fun to come back to for me. When I first got into YYYs back in the day I was an indie rock or die kid to the bone, so I loved their first album because it just straight up rocked so hard. I then listened to It's Blitz! and was like "aw man this is lame they're all dancey and selling out," and that sort of pretentious youngster attitude shit. Several years ago though, I really started to explore electronic, dance-rock, and synth-punk stuff a lot more and found myself getting waaaaay into it. So now this album sounds fantastic to me! Karen O has always had such an incredibly emotive voice. It can be raw and wild while still sounding beautiful, which turns out is a great fit for this dancey album. "Heads Will Roll" is a bop of course, but my other standouts were "Soft Shock," and the sweet "Little Shadow." It was also cool to see long time YYYs producer Dave Sitek (member and producer of TV On The Radio) let loose a bit with the dance drums and stuff. The following year he released a fantastic solo album "Maximum Balloon" that features Karen O and a bunch of other artists on some real fun dance tracks. Would highly recommend. Got to love 1001 albums for making me go back and listen to this gem that my dumb younger self thought was too pop. SMH

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Good, loved the last song

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Es eufórica. Primer álbum de las lista de ultimas dos decadas

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Po Na Na bangers

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4.5

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Good fun album.

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I liked it.

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Production: 15/20 Songwriting: 12/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =62 Zero and Heads will roll doing a LOT of the work in that rating

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I wasn't feeling it at first and i figured it was carried by "Heads Will Roll" but this album rocked. The influence on the music of the early 2010's is clear.

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Very nice synths mixed with Indie rock guitars. Indie dance golden age vibe. Starts of very powerfully, ends with multiple acoustic ballads. Those are, still, very mesmerizing as the singers voice beautifully carries them

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Godu

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I liked this. It was interesting, a bit rocky but not too much. Kind of like a rockier Regina Spector.

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Bigger fan of their earlier stuff when it was more raw/garage sounding. Not as big a fan of the electronic albums. Heads will Roll is still a tune though - same with Zero. Plus you can’t mess with Karen O

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First notes yeah ! Wasn’t expecting a song like skeletons. Dull life is exactly what I want out of a song.

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Sheesh its a banger. Always bop to heads will roll

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Good Shit

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4.5

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Started off more New Wave then I expected, but the sound grew on me. By the end, I could totally see taking a long open window road trip with this blasting away on the speakers.

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Some super good ideas and what a voice. Got a little too Sabaru commercial at times.

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This was cool! Side A noticably stronger than side B, but an enjoyable listen with very good highs, and somewhat conform/unremarkable lows. 3.5/5

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7.6

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The acoustics seem a bit disjointed, like 2 albums stuck into one, however both are quite good albums

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Heads Will Roll - best song of all time? Dull Life, Runaway, Hysteric, and Little Shadow all great

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This was an album I poo-pood quite a bit for a long time, and listening to it now I'm not entirely sure why I did that. I can get down with this.

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Really liked this one

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Not perhaps as influential as their earlier work but a great example of talent, production and vision delivering a cohesive outcome that stands the test of time.

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

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good album

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Yeah... yeah... yeah...

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very cool

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Great! Bit clean for my tastes but it was still nice.

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A pure delight to listen to. 4/5

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Good time.

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I'm a new fan.

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Wow this is a damn good album, less arty, more polished than Fever to Tell and just a notch below. The dance tracks are very good, the more arty tracks are good but as I say a notch below Fever to Tell. A nice discovery 3.75 🌟

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3.5/5. Surprised me, I liked it more than I thought I would.

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Very good. Same impact on me as hearing LCD Soundsystem for the first time. Two sides of the same coin.

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Downloaded on iTunes back in 2009 and am very familiar with a number of tracks

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Cool

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really enjoyed that, definitely adding to the list

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Nice mix of energetic punk indie and regular indie songs. Love Heads will Roll.

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Great album, great band

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Yes yes yes

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Really great stuff - great sound and voice - a good surprise

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FUCKING PARTY BOPS

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The more I listened to it the more I liked it. The first two tracks don’t really flow with the remainder of the album. Some of the tracks had hints of the Pierces and the Bangles. Enjoyable and certainly one I would listen to again

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4/5 that was a surprise! nice!

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Heads Will Roll was Def their best song. And I wanted every song to be as good as that one

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I love this album! It starts off with two absolute bangers and then slowly descends into a more relaxed melodic vibe. Listened to the album twice in a row I enjoyed it that much!

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Really good. Listen to the accoustic versions again for sure.

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It's a fun album with a distinct sound. I wouldn't mind putting the Yeah Yeah Yeahs into a rotation of music to listen to more often than once, so for that, 4 stars. The acoustic songs at the end of the album are also a nice touch. Great to hear the song without the heavy synth presence.

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Pop así como épico. Me ha gustado.

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It's like LCD Soundsystem for your mom and with really nothing it sets out to tell you, it's just kinda there and wants to piss off fans of the previous albums, but in retrospect over a decade later, fuck it, you'll probably like it too!

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Enjoyed it. Was very familiar with Heads Will Roll, liked it then, liked it now. The rest was also good. Though the tone of album really chained from the first few songs to the last. Which is not a problem in itself but the tonal differences were so big that I caught myself wondering if it was still the same album.

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Energetic modern sounding pop for the unmasses. Fabulous as a live band, equally fantastic when recorded, this album has a couple of absolute bangers, and several more contemplative tracks, which as a whole makes for a great balance. Top tracks: Zero, Heads will roll, Shame and fortune

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Pop así como épico. Me ha gustado.

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Good stuff

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Couple of songs on there I didn't realize were them.

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Iznenadilo me pozitivno, posluso sam i ne mogu reci da mi je krivo. Nek pjesme jesu malo dosadnjikave, ali sve u svemu nelose. Cetvorka za iznenadenje

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This is the second Yeah Yeah Yeahs album to be served to me on 1001. I enjoyed this one much more than the first one. I guess it is the dancier vibe to the album. But, it also could simply be my mood today versus the other day...

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Having just reviewed "Fever to Tell" a couple of weeks ago, I was glad to get another Yeah Yeah Yeahs album to review. That one hadn't been my favorite, but I knew there was something about the band that I really liked. I really enjoyed this one a lot more! I like the groove of it very much. I even found that I had known and liked a YYYs song, "Heads Will Roll," a song I've heard here and there without knowing the artist. (I see that it was mashed up with Thriller on Glee.) It is my favorite on the album. It had everything I liked about the first album with a much more polished sound.

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I had never listened to this band before, but I really liked this album. I love pop music that manages to be a bit challenging in terms of its lyrics. Musically, it works great and the production is excellent 4/5

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This was a cool album. She has a great voice - sounds a lot like Chrissie Hynde - and the songs were catchy and interesting. Highlight was probably "Heads Will Roll" but I also like "Zero" a lot. I think her voice turns a lot of these songs from 2's to 4's but they're still 4's regardless.

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A perfect mix of The Bangles, Garbage and No Doubt. In fact, if Susanna Hoffs, Shirley Manson and Gwen Stefani could somehow have a baby together, well, that would be weird. But if Jack and Meg White would have had a baby, that baby would likely be a lot like Yeah Yeah Yeahs vocalist Karen O. Hell, they probably would have named her Karen O. Are we counting the bonus acoustic versions in our review? Because I prefer some of those to the original version. This also led me to the band's great cover of Big Star's "Thirteen", which means something. Just an overall great listen, acoustic tracks included. It falls maybe an iota short of classic status, but since it's new to me, I'm hoping multiple listens will improve it up that small notch.

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Actually liked this a lot! There were some really great tracks in there, I don't know why I've never really listened to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I heard Maps and was like "not for me," but didn't really give any of their other stuff a chance. Zero was the standout for me.

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Ehdin kirjoittaa jo negatiivissävyisen arvion nuoruuteni suosikkilevystä, kunnes huomasin että tämähän on aivan eri levy samalta yhtyeeltä. Onneksi tämä levy on paljon paremman ja tuoreemman kuuloinen! Lisäpisteitä myös siitä kuinka bändi on selkeästi aikuistanut soundiaan vuosien varrella, eikä nojaa enää pelkästään "vihainen nainen huutaa" -tematiikkaan. Elektronisia elementtejä käytetään tyylikkäästi, niiden kuitenkin olematta liikaa esillä. Varsinkin Heads Will Roll ja Dull Life potki kovaa. Erittäin positiivinen, vahvan nelosen arvoinen yllätys.

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6 years added a lot of polish. I gave their first album 1 star, this had VAST improvement. I dug it a lot.

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I thought this album was SO much better than Fever to Tell. Had highs and lows throughout the album and I actually enjoyed it overall. Heads Will Roll is fantastic.

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What a vast improvement over the other album of theirs I listened to! I really enjoyed this album...they definitely found their sound and were able to much better compliment the vocals with the music. I'll be going back to re-listen to a couple of the songs for sure!

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heads will rolllllll

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Excellent showing of what this kind of pop can be.

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An unexpected gem of an album. Not a fan of 2000s indie-disco but this represents a really strong entry for the genre. Karen O’s voice is totally captivating, equal parts vulnerable and commanding with more than a hint of Siouxsie thrown in the mix. Superior to their preceding album and does not fall fowl of the same introspective tropes. Brilliant, in other words.

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Pretty great. Both loud and quiet, driven and loose. Nicely executed and well produced.

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Ptn mais y'a des bons albums après les années 70? WTF Prefs: Zero, Heads Will Roll, Skeletons, Dull Life, Runaway, Hysteric Moins pref: Dragon Queen

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What an opening "Zero" is- melodically strong, a perfectly based build to a crescendo of angular, fuzzed-out guitar figures. Its only downfall is the ridiculous amount of compression added towards the end "Heads Will Roll" is another winner and sounded out from the back of my mind as something I'd heard before, installed in my consciousness without ever knocking at the door. Its greatest strength is its simplicity, repeating one or two refrains over a single progression, driving forward to consume all in its path... including a lot of the rest of the album. From this point onward, "It's Blitz!" sounds a bit like a festival in the middle of the afternoon: before a lot of the more exciting stuff has kicked off, but an absolute pleasure to spend time with. The gentler, softer numbers succeed more for me: "Skeletons", "Hysteric" and "Little Shadow" are all gorgeous and jostle for a place at the top tier of this album. The other up-tempo tracks, "Dull Life", "Shame and Fortune" and "Dragon Queen", still carry off an intriguing alchemy of disco, punk and late '00s art-rock, but don't quite rock to the same effect as the first two tracks. Vocalist Karen O is a great fit for the material, sounding at-ease and on-edge, owning the songs with every sneer, yelp and occasional burst of sincerity. The synth-driven arrangements are right in time with the boom of the late noughties, without having particularly aged since- there remains a nice amount of guitar in the mix for anyone ready to argue the Yeah Yeah Yeahs "sold out" here. Producer Nick Launay is well known for his work on most of Nick Cave's albums dating back to "Junkyard": what a different experience this one was. "It's Blitz" is to the point, straightforward and fun to a point that may alienate some self-professed music critics, but for me its immediacy wins out.

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Surprise! This band is good.

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I listened to this, wondering if there were actually two different bands on this album. The dance-beat centric songs were so incredibly different from the more melodic, atmospheric songs. I loved Skeleons, Hysteric and Little Shadow. Not so much the other songs, but I bet they'd be great live.

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Good

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Observations that It's Blitz! is frontloaded are absolutely fair, but even listening for that, the album keeps my attention. This band can conjure a mood like no other, and it's one that Karen fits into seamlessly while remaining absolutely sincere and absolutely unique.

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this is another album i had already heard, but it was maybe a year ago and it was in need of a relisten as i could remember nothing. im really glad i revisited, as i dont remember it being anywhere near as fun as it realistically is. easily one of the most impressive and danceable indie rock albums out there.

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I have some bad vibes with "Yeah Yeah Yeahs" for no good reason. However, listening to this album was a good experience to remember that rock could be just fun, even when the song themes are not exactly about funny things. I really liked it!

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Loved it, mix between absolute bangers and slowed down acoustic versions.

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16th February 2022 Listened on the walk back to the office having met Austin for lunch and finished there. Surprised by how much I liked it. Hints of 80s glam, electro, and indie all rolled into one.

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Such a great album. I liked one or two songs off earlier albums, but this was album was terrific

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Not a bad album honestly. "Heads Will Roll" is the best song. 7/10

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1,001 albums... "It's Blitz!" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs This album took me by surprise in more than one way. First of all, it kicks the door open quite spectacularly with a swaggering, supremely confident opening track - something which made me immediately sit up and take notice. It's also much more dance-orientated (much as I hate that phrase) and keyboard heavy than I'd anticipated. In fact, it seems to - in some ways at least - sit in the very centre of a three-circle venn diagram labelled "pop," "rock" and "dance" in much the same way that New Order did at their best, not that the charismatic Karen O reminds you of Barney Sumner in any way at all. That said, my initial excitement did wane here and there and it's not quite the classic that the first song suggested it might be.

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Yeah! Yeah! and again Yeah! Fewer "hits" than the last album by them, but I thought this one had a much more deep and dark sound. Really great stuff. I like this more than Fever to Tell, which I gave a 4, but I don't feel this is *quite* truly a 5.

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Yeah gotta love it

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Incredibly fun! The singles on this album I'd heard many times before and are great but this whole album hangs together really well

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03/17/2022 Full of energy and attitude. Sounds exactly like the 2000s, when all the music nerds were on Hype Machine trying to find the next alt rock masterpiece before anyone else.

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egg

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Also, an extended addition that's worth the extra time.

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Love the mix of rock/punk and electronica. Feels very 2009 and I'm glad I revisited.

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Just a great, muscular recording by a band at its peak

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a three piece rock band in my mind; killer guitar and Karen O's lead force. It's Blitz! is just so damn dance-able. Keyboard, electronic drumbeats, and synths. Not what I think of when they come to mind but so damn fun, Reminded me that I should listen to We Are Pilots by Shiny Toy Guns. If there is a complaint, Yeah Yeah Yeahs love their long, drawn out, repetitive intros and endings to songs. But songs like Hysteric have almost a dreamy, haptic feel to them.

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loved it. very upbeat

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loved this album when it was first released and listening back, it still sounds effortlessly cool to my ears

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Yes yes yes

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At times danceable and at times reflective, It's Blitz! sees Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the precipice of a change in their careers, with an album cover that's representative of the sounds inside. Favorites: Zero, Heads Will Roll, Soft Shock, Skeletons, Dull Life, Shame and Fortune, Runaway.

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Oh those were the days! I have good memories of this record and have nothing negative to say about it really, I love the sound and evolution of the band, I don’t have this on vinyl, I should get a copy. My girlfriend hates Fever to tell but she should like this one.

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The YYYs are a band I'm aware of but never really delved. Lots more dancey than i expected. Overall good though I think it will bite properly after several listens. Really liked Runaway. Engaging singing/lyrics from Karen O. Great production and distinctive unpredictable tunes.

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Ég hlustaði mikið á Fever to tell, en hafði ekki hugmynd um að þau hefðu gert eitthvað annað. En viti menn, þetta annað er bara ljómandi áheyrilegt og skemmtilegt líka.

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Never heard of them before this. They are really good. What an album. She has a really great voice and the songs do differ a lot. Great sound

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Cool electronic disco with quite a few bangers, the quite track Hysteric stands out to me (although I wish the chorus was better). Overall, a good album.

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Very-very-very solid

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Not bad alternative rock album. Not really my taste but enjoyable.

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Not as good as Fever to Tell

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meeh decent, inte för mig

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OK

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Good album, especially after listening to the Pretenders the other day. I like Its Blitz more than their first album.

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not bad

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Pretty good indie music. Good job of mixing EDM, Rock, and Pop. Some songs I really liked: Dragon Queen and Dull Life

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Album wasn't available on spotify

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Solid album I enjoyed more than I expected

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I'm much less familiar with this album than "Fever To Tell", and there's no nostalgia bump. The first few tracks feel poppier, and then it gets more whistful? Those are both pleasant modes for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to adopt. Fave track - "Dull Life" - though I think I need to give the album a couple more listens, as there are some other contenders there, for sure...

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3

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I liked it

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Pretty cool album! laughably I did not realize 'heads will roll' was by this band and was caught way off guard. The album is an interesting mix of Rock/Dance , would love a party where stuff like this was the dancing vibe. A few tracks like 'dull life' and 'runaway' were the standouts for me. All in all, a cool album I would never be mad to hear come on, but would rarely select - classic 3.5 || An Aside: The first few notes of 'Dragon Queen' made me think they were about to play KoRn's "Falling Away From Me" and caught me by surprise every time it came on. Listen to it - eerily similar, for real!

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I thought this was pretty good. I think that pretty much everyone knows "Heads Will Roll", but I hadn't heard any other song. I would rather listen to this again than "Toys in the Attic" again.

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Indie. Peculiar. Cosas interesantes.

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It's okay, pretty chill pop punkish vibes

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For me Karen O’s wonderful voice has always been the most notable thing about this band. She can rock out with the best of them and then completely soften her tough edge with mellower songs like Little Shadow and Skeleton.

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A very high school album for me. The sound can be grating in spaces, but when it works, it works well.

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Bon disc de pop amb elements electrònics, molt ben considerat a l'època, tot i que per mi fa una baixada respecte els dos anteriors. Té moments interessants, com el primer tema, però no el consideraria essencial

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3/5

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Listenable but nothing really stood out for me. Would probably give it another go.

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FT Heads will roll

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A bit frustrating, but only because its so close to being really good. I think its the dance influence that throws me off. Album brings me back to my first job which was basically a Hot Topic in an amusement park and it was around the time this album came out so I probably listened to a few of these songs

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No where near as fun as I remembered it. I coincidentally listened to Fever to Tell last week and that stood up much much better than this.

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Some belters

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Know, some gooduns some baduns is what it is

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Some fun songs, overall it sounded a bit too similar

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Not bad. Liked it more the second time I listened to it.

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An album that's only 12 years old! Wow! A yoot!  The weekend was too busy to get through even the first half but I was kinda digging what I heard.

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Not bad. Some songs stand out.

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*dance dance dance til ur dead* The rest of the album is pretty enjoyable, I was expecting it to be worse

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Not bad.

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Liked it. A little noisy and overstimulating at times, hence the 3 instead of 4, but I liked it!

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Альтернатива, гаражный софт рок с мелодичными композиуиями. Качественно и мелодично. Светлое романтичное настроение с "фишками". Не попсовое звучание с нотками гранжа, элементами ранней шенед о'конор, фолк и шотландские мотивы

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piola bueno

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3/5

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Nice tunes

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Couldn't play a single song off of it

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I thought "Heads Will Roll" was familiar until I realized it was sung on Glee. 😂

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jan says it's got bangers, i couldn't get past the signing. will give it benefit of doubt.

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I like this band and I like this album.

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Pretty decent

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Kind of cool. Heads will roll I already knew just didn’t know it was by them.

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Ok.not great. Very 2k wanting to be 80's. Listened 2x. A couple weren't too bad. My daughter liked a couple.

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Pretty solid album but the second half lacks punch

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Decent. Not a huge fan of the vocals.

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I loved the melodies, the energy and and the music. Not so sure about the vocals but I may listen again.

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Heads will roll! Sonst gutes Album, nicht ganz mein Geschmack.

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Good. Reminds me of EB.

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alright not stand out

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Skeletons and Hysteric stood out.

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I'm already familiar with this album and man what a disappointment this album was. I remember being very much into this group from late middle school into high school, and I had already devoured every release they had made up to this point. From what I recall it felt overall a bit uninspired, much like all of their later work from here on out (with each release having a decreasing amount of good material). It's one of those trajectories that constantly makes me wonder how a successful group of artists could actually continue to stay at the level of inspiration required to keep making good shit. Not to say this is a horrible album but it definitely pails in comparison to the last couple albums, which contain front to back bangers, while this one only has maybe half of a good album at best.

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I quite liked it. It was very chill and very nice to read while listening to it.

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It's a nice album, but is it really worthy of being on the 1001 albums list? Seems like prototypical indie rock - not bad but nothing special either. 2.5 stars.

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Another band that I had never listened to previously and was surprised it had been nominated a grammy in 2009 for best alternative album. In listening to it several times, I find while I don't dislike it, it also doesn't particularly move me in any way. Just kind of mediocre. Heads will Roll and Dull Life are the best in my opinion. 3.4/4.0

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Forgot how good an album this is

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A more disco direction, it’s a big job for this album to deliver after the opening salvo of Zero / Heads Will Roll. There are moments where the enthusiasm dips but overall it is quality.

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Fun and creative. Not something you must listen to before you die, but enjoyable if you do.

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Missa typ några sånger lol

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Pretty melodic stuff. Singer has a cool voice and swagger

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This was cool - I liked the production, but I'm not super into the songwriting

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Some great moments but want something more consistent in tone. Don’t like the acoustic ones so much.

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Liked this, Good Album

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It's alright. I got 2 new songs that sound decent as background music.

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Cet album était sympathique, mais nous ne sommes pas là pour commenter la qualité des albums. Je tenais aujourd'hui à féliciter Yeah Yeah Yeahs, qui s'empare de la tête du classement des noms de groupes le plus nul du générateur. Et ce n'etait pourtant pas gagné d'avance face a la ribambelle de groupe en The, que j'ai déjà évoquée dans une precédente review. Attention cependant, car je peux voir dans mon historique qu'un artiste du nom de "Yes" m'attend d'ici quelques albums (pas besoin de vous rappeler pourquoi j'ai quelques albums de retard, étant donné que vous suivez tous attentivement mes reviews). L'habit ne fait pas le moine donc.

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C'est un album sympathique mais est-il vraiment nécessaire d'en faire une analyse plus poussée ? Ce n'est pas mon avis. Vous savez maintenant depuis quelques semaines que je loge de temps à autre dans le Generator Hostel, lieu saint de la communauté des 1001 dont nous faisons tous partie. J'ai toutefois décidé de ne plus rédiger de review dans son enceinte mais dans des endroits, à mon sens, plus sécurisés. Je m'explique. À mon arrivée dans l'auberge hier soir, la réceptionniste, après avoir vérifié mon identité et mon qr code, me tendit un document qu'elle me somma de signer à toute vitesse. Je décidai de prendre le temps de lire son contenu. Quelle ne fut pas ma surprise de voir qu'il s'agissait d'une critique élogieuse de l'album It's Blitz des Yeah Yeah Yeahs pré-rédigée par leur soin et signée de mon nom robcrinière. Je me saisis du papier, le déchirai, en fis une boule que je lançai à la figure de la réceptionniste avant de prendre d'assaut les escaliers et de rejoindre mon lit.

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Both the band and their music are new to me. I don't recall even hearing their name before this album came up on the Generator. When the first track started, I was a little worried it would be too dance-floor-y for my liking, but not so. Some of the tracks kept me engaged nicely, like 'Skeletons.' Others didn't really click for me, sometimes gets a little screechy for me, but I like the band's overall sound and style so I can appreciate the work here. (Side Note: the playlist of the album that came up for me included some acoustic versions of the songs on this album -- I don't think they were included in the original album when it was released -- and some of those versions are interesting.)

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Pas pire comme beaucoup d’album dans cette list. Indie rock brit ? Certaines tounes ce demarque mais pas vraiment mon genre et un peu tnane de ce genre dlanbum. 3

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I preferred the acoustic tbh

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Nearly stretched to a 4.

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Love the first two tracks, but the rest was a bit boring.

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That's a cool album cover. Oh the music? Another one going in fully blind on as I know nothing about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and I like the way it starts with "Zero" - but (and I'm typing as the song ends) I'm wondering if the entire album is going to be this similar up-tempo electronic dance vibe. Which would be fine but is it going to bore me over the better part of an hour....? One thing that immediately grabbed me halfway through is the actual *tone* and *sounds* of the (plentiful) synths - they're great. "Soft Shock" has that deep and full/growly bass that really sounds fantastic. I like a lot of electronic music but making electronic music *be* a rock band often loses something for me. And I feel a little of that early on here, even if each song on its own is pretty good....but - as it turns out I found myself already pre-judging the record because after 4 pretty decent studio songs the next batch starting with "Dull Life" completely changes it up and this record feels more...alive. I found there was a definite ebb and flow in my interest over the album - e.g. I wasn't not that into "Dragon Queen" which was where I'd feared the album might go and it does peter out a bit for me near the end, i.e over the last 4 songs. Will this album stand up for me over repeated listens? I'm hoping it does - there were no songs that immediately jumped at me to give me chills but it also seems a little wrong to only give this a 3 as there's more variety than I ever expected and although the song construction isn't anything revolutionary, the production does push it into more-interesting territory. Call it a 3.5. 7/10 3 stars

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i thought it was okay. the singing kinda was annoying but it just was not that interesting

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They downplayed the guitars and emphasized the electronics, moving the band into pop and dance territories. (6/10) FT: Heads Will Roll, Little Shadows

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Good

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Dull Life slaps Runaway is good too, very atmospheric I like it I like Hysteric

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good Indie Rock album

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Didn’t do a ton for me despite the glossy sheen of the presentation. I could see someone finding this amazing and I wouldn’t fight them over it, it just didn’t land with me.

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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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6/10

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Not a huge fan

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It's just over the edge of being too pop

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Meh

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A more streamlined album than their debut, this grips me more.

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DE DENS TIL JOR DEDEDED

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Tek sam sad jebeno skužio šta pršći na slici. Jebeno jaje. Prvo sam mislio buket jaglaca... Album je fin, pogotovo sa njihovom najpoznatijom kompozicijom Heads Will Roll, al bogami ima i drugih isto tako dobrih stvari.

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Kind of interesting but occasionally bland 2000's era "Indie Rock". For some reason I never connected with a lot of bands from this era. Wikipedia classifies it as "Alternative Pop" - I can see that. Maybe a bit too pop-oriented for me to really connect to it. Not bad but not really into it either.

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There were a few sounds I really enjoyed on this album. Heads will roll and Dull life were my favorites. The acoustics really showed the vocal quality. Better than the other Yeah Yeah Yeahs album.

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"Heads will roll"

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Hm. The darlings and everybody loves the lead singer. Gentle, good, probs a fun show, easy to sing along with. I think I am jaded because everyone loves them. Probably better than three stars but so be it.

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The first two songs of the albums are absolute bangers, but after that the quality of the first two doesn't fully hold up.

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Not bad, but not really memorable either.

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3.5

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Im gonna listen to them from now on

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3.5/5 Surprised that i knew some of the songs on it. “Heads will roll” rules, especially the A-Trak remix, but i ended up really enjoying the sound of the whole album. “Skeletons” and “Runaway” were by other favorites.

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Great hear another woman in rock. Added to my playlists

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Its decent but I prefered the other Yeah Yeah Yeahs one.

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This album was a descent album but there are no real standout tracks on it. There is good musicianship and the music is unoffensive. Will it be a classic in 20 years. I really dont think so.

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I just hear the remix when heads will roll is on

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Great one. Not the best indie rock album (not even from YYY, I do prefer Fever to Tell), but a good gem from 2009's.

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Not bad, not electrifying

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A very moment-in-time album.

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Fantastic cover art. Crisp clean image of a non-crisp and clean event. Harmless destruction for the joy of it. The title is also solid. I know that a previous album by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was one of only a couple one star ratings out of over 100 albums rated. So I'm bracing myself. Hmm. First song is not like jagged glass on the ears. Honestly, if I had an open mind, I think I would like Heads Will Roll and Soft Shock is practically pretty. Dull Life is fun. The distortion is there but toned down and used to much better effect, smearing out the backing music, throwing the clarion vocals into nice relief. Yup. This is pretty good. These songs don't pain me because the actual music is literally less painful. Still, it is hard for me to get past my mental block; I can't help the memories and unhappy headspace it puts me in so I don't expect to listen to the album in total again. Maybe in time my head will clear. I definitely won't be so quick with the skip track button on these songs as I am with songs from Fever to Tell. Have I mentioned how this project has made my Spotify channel basically a random music generator? Are you struggling with that too?

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6/10. I guess this was pretty good.

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All right I suppose

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Blondie meets the Killers. Has the mid/late 2000s dance/rock sound, but a good example of this often nothingy style. The vocals further help elevate this above other records of the time, particularly on the more mellow tracks. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Skeletons Date listened: 14/04/22

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Much like the last album, which had some stone cold classics mixed in with a bunch of okay, derivative stuff. Except this time, the three classics are the first three tracks, and then it just fades off. But those first three tracks are all 5 star tracks! Zero and Heads Will Roll are Soulwax style floor fillers, and Soft Shock is one of those Maps style heartbreak anthems.

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One of the cool things about the mid 2000's was this new genre called "new rave" that blended elements of dance punk with popular electronic genres at the time such as electro-house and electroclash. I personally pin the kickstart on LCD Soundsystem, though they are not actually new rave. Anyway, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs pivoted to this sound for their third album and it's solid as hell. Really big, exciting sound that encourages a punkish live instrumentation with dance beats and synthesizer. I feel it kinda loses momentum after the second track and never picks it up after that. A bit disappointing because i enjoyed those first two songs, and a full album of them would've been excellent. Not saying the rest is bad, just fine.

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Enjoyable, but a bit generic. Not sure why it's on the list.

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I got this record after Joy Division's "Closer", and I feel like this record might have been pretty influenced by Joy Division's catalogue. It's post-punky, sparse. Still knows how to cut loose and turn up the volume, and having Karen O as a front woman never hurts. That being said, even as a passing fan of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I'm a little surprised to see this record here. It's not bad, a little front loaded maybe, but I'm not particularly sure it's something I needed to hear. I appreciate the songwriting here, just didn't click with me as much as their debut did. Favorite tracks: "Heads Will Roll", "Soft Shock", "Skeletons"

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This isn't awful but it's pretty boring. Basic indie rock for basic hipsters. like if you thought the strokes was a bit too dangerous, maybe you'd like this. I dunno, not for me. 2/5.

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That late 2000's were a pit for music. This is representative some of the better released. Needed to be on this list?

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This is a good album, it has a strong open and very good close. The middle lost me for a bit but luckily the ending pulled things together. I didn’t hate listening to it but I also didn’t enjoy it the whole time

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Didn't listen to it all, but might revisit.

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A little bit boring. A single song was worth it for me

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It's fine, nothing I'd listen to that often.

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Meh

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Uno bop

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It’s ok. Nothing that really moved me. As I was listening a song came on that was really good … but I realized album was over and Spotify had suggested me an Arcade Fire tune. So 2.5 stars, which I’ll round down

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Relatively enjoyable. Kinda slow at times, really enjoyed the more upbeat stuff.

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Um álbum de pop chato que não iria ouvir. Inicialmente é mau mas vai melhorando, não sei se é da qualidade da música ou se nos habituámos as músicas. Nota: 3/10

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3 good tracks

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Basis of most of the songs are really good but they never do anything with them so gets very samey.

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Meh Meh Mehs

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I wouldn't call myself a fan of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's, but I know a couple of their albums alright. Nothing here stood out compared to their other stuff.

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Tää oli vähän niin kuin The Sounds, mutta huonompi. Ehkä astetta elektronisempi. Jotenkin väsynyt ja uninen meininki ja ei tarttuvia kertsejä.

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Opens strong, then drops off heavily. I don't get the cult of personality around Karen O and don't like the sound of her voice: enunciate more, yelp less.

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It’s mediocre at best. It’s vor allem zu lang.

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Seems pretty good. 2/5

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Not ready for nostalgia for this kind of stuff just yet

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Right. The dude who compiled this 1001 list thing is an idiot. Out of all the albums that exist, he chose to include this one? (Eh, this album isn't terrible; it's just a mediocre album that's come along at a time in my torturous journey through a list of music compiled by a guy who clearly has no experience or taste and has only serendipitously hit upon actually good albums.)

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Yawn. "Heads Will Roll" is a great song; always enjoyed. But this is the epitome of a 1 hit wonder. The rest of the album all sounds the same. I will give it 2 stars, only because I am feeling generous.

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Light up beat album. Kind of fun. Not sure it's my kind of music. Never heard it before this listen.

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“Attitudes, tones, put-on sneers, and audible grins.” Whatever.

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I had high hopes, but sadly this album just didn't do it for me. It sounds like most other glam rock albums without bringing anything new to the table. The songs themselves are pretty forgetful. 2/5

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De muziek klinkt meteen interessant. De zangeres is wat overdreven en doet me denken aan Kate Bush. Ik ga me op een gegeven moment zelfs een beetje ergeren aan haar. Jammer dat ze door die leuke beats heen zit te zingen. **

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This was a boring release compared to their first album. The production was sterile, and all the tones were frigid cold.

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Not really something I'd listen to on my own for fun. And honestly I find rock/pop like this boring, sorry

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der song mit 200 mio streams wurde inletzter zeit durch tiktok bekannter. besser wirds dann auch nicht

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Why is this on the list? There are much better albums from Yeah Yeah Yeahs that are more deserving. This one loses me after the first couple of tracks.

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This is so of its time. Written in the studio, this is a triumph of digital editing and slick production. Nick Launay brings his excellent taste and great ears to create a slick and (vaguely) dance-able aesthetic, much more sophisticated than the 3-piece punk vibe that the band brings. The album is front-loaded with the singles, although I like some of the rockier tracks that follow, eg Dull Life (which is reminiscent of Siouxsie and the Banshees) or Shame and Fortune. After all is said and done, I don’t really remember any of the tracks once they finish playing. I prefer it when they don’t veer too far from their punk roots. I really like her voice, though.

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Completely forgettable just like the other album from them on this list. Please don't let there be a third. I don't get it. There's other bands that can do what they are going for so much better. At least Fever To Tell had Maps. This has...nothing that I can really remember. Just like I said on the other album: Karen O has a solid voice, but they just can't seem to write good songs for her to sing. Not the bottom of the barrel, but it ain't good.

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10/10

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Indie genérico

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Not for me

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Weak 808 pop, might re-listen to two songs but I wouldn’t bet on it

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No me gusta nada

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Not their greatest, only like a few tracks

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Not my bag

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I don’t think I liked a single song on this album. Some I didn’t mind, and some got on my nerves extremely. Songs were simplistic. So was the guitar playing: very boring. In fact no one in the band could play very well on their instrument except maybe the drummer. A lot of annoying moments. This is what music sounds like when untalented people want to be cool. Liked the last two songs’ vibes, but the underlying music was just soooo boring.

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initial thoughts: okay so heads will roll is the exception definitely … much more indie psychedelic rather than pop and that’s a surprise. fav off album: heads will roll

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I already didn't like their other album on this list (I hope there's "only" two) and this one is even worse.

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Strasznymi nowosciami zarzuca na jak na picki listowe, bo its blitz to krazek z 2k09 i rowniez z hameryki jak wczorajsze wyjce, trzeci studyjny krazek w dyskografii popowo indyjsko synthowo punkowo tanecznej ekipy yeah yeahow, ktora stanowi trio pana Braina na drumach, Nicka ktory wydaje sie byc operatorem synthow i gitar, oraz pani Karen O na wokalu, wiec sklad nie duzy, ale przy wykorzystaniu muzykow sesyjnych i typowej dla popowej produkcji wycinankowej skladanki beatow z wczesniej nagrywanych dzwiekow da sie ulepic calkiem sporo, a na tych 42 minutach udalo sie ulepic jedenascie kawalkow, z ktorych w glowie po odsluchu ostal sie zaledwie jeden, ktorego wczesniej gdzies musialem slyszec, ale nie jestem w tym samemu, bo jest to znaczaco popularny traczek w porownaniu do reszty utworow z listy albumowej, mowa oczywiscie o heads will roll, ktory jakos tak utkwil w pamieci pewnie z ost projecta iksowego, o ile od strony instrumentalnej jest tu rownie nudno jak na reszcie plyty, to jednak wokalnie cos sie dzieje, pani karen urozmaica wokale w roznych czesciach kawalka, w pamiec zapada zwlaszcza hook, ale to by bylo na tyle z rzeczy ktore rzucaja sie w ucho, bo reszta slucha sie w ten sposob, ze jednym uchem wpada, a drugim wypada, latwy odsluch muzyki taneczno relaksacyjnej o niczym, albo sprawiajacej wrazenie braku jakiegokolwiek bagazu emocji w sobie, dodatkowo odnosze wrazenie, ze sporo moglaby plyta zyskac z ciekawszym wokalem, bo ten element potrafi zepsuc instrumentale, ktore maja swoje momenty czego najlepszym przykladem bylby runaway, no ale popowa muzyka musi byc popowa, bo w latwe brzmienie celuje krazek, na plejke dodam jedynie wspomiany wczesniej rollujacy trak

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so good! i love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and it's easy to see how this album is on this list. SOLID

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Love this one.

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Listen later

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