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It's Blitz!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

2009

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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Rating

3.51

Votes

5493

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
  • Indie
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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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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 Jan 24 2021
5

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

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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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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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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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Sat Feb 13 2021
2

boring

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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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Tue Nov 09 2021
1

Flat and uninspiring.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

A fav

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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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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Oh Karen O ❤️

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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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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Really good album!

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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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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

diiiig it

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Really good album

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Fri Oct 08 2021
5

I liked this one a lot!

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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

So cool and poised and raucous

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

2000s perfection

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

Desconocidos para mí. Me voy a hacer fan.

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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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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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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

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

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Sat Jan 15 2022
5

Loved this!

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Sun Jan 16 2022
5

Head banger!

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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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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Discazo

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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

Love this album

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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

Love this album

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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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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

It’s fab

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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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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Rocks

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Muy muy bueno

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Thu Sep 01 2022
5

Magnifique album from front to back.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

i love it

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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 Oct 05 2022
5

good!

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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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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

very dancable pop rock album

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

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

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Tue May 11 2021
4

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

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Mon Nov 09 2020
4

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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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Thu May 20 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Enjoyable synth

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Great album— loved it

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Like it!!

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

YES YES YES

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

Mad that it took me so long to get to it

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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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Fri May 14 2021
4

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

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

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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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

Bueeeno

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Sun May 16 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Good, loved the last song

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Po Na Na bangers

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Wed May 12 2021
4

4.5

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Good fun album.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

I liked it.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 02 2021
4

Godu

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

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

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

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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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Sheesh its a banger. Always bop to heads will roll

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Good Shit

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Tue May 11 2021
4

4.5

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Thu May 06 2021
4

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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Wed May 12 2021
4

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

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Mon May 10 2021
4

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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Fri May 07 2021
4

7.6

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Mon May 17 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Really liked this one

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

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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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

good album

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

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

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

very cool

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

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

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Sat Aug 21 2021
4

A pure delight to listen to. 4/5

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Good time.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

I'm a new fan.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

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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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

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

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Cool

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

really enjoyed that, definitely adding to the list

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

Great album, great band

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Yes yes yes

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

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

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

FUCKING PARTY BOPS

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

4/5 that was a surprise! nice!

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

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

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Pop así como épico. Me ha gustado.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

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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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Pop así como épico. Me ha gustado.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Good stuff

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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

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Sun Dec 12 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

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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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 23 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

heads will rolllllll

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Excellent showing of what this kind of pop can be.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Surprise! This band is good.

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Sat Jan 15 2022
4

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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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Good

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

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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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

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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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

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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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

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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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Yeah gotta love it

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

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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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

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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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

egg

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

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

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

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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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Quite enjoyable! 8/10

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

loved it. very upbeat

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

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

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Tue Apr 19 2022
4

Yes yes yes

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

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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Thu May 05 2022
4

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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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Tue May 10 2022
4

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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Mon May 16 2022
4

Very-very-very solid

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

karen o's distinct voice combined with a fusion of electronic melodies and alt rock instrumentals makes for a nice album

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Sun Jun 05 2022
4

Opens with some huge synthy powerful beats. Loses power as it goes on although still some good songs. Really liked "Little Shadow" Karen O's voice is fantastic throughout.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Yeah yeah yeah?

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Listening to this record was like eating Custard Cream crumbs out of a dumpster whilst riding a big dicked black man.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

the year is 2003 and a wee 17 year old not-nigel is again crushed up against the stage at manc academy 2 for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. messy, noisy and at times incoherent punk rock. this album is not that. they clearly learnt how to record and produce music and developed a hell of a lot as a band. that said it's not actually a bad thing, this is a pretty good album produced in that awful period when guitar bands thought they were dance acts but it was like they'd never heard a dance track in their lives epitomised by the fucking klaxxons. some utter shite was produced around that time so this is refreshingly alright to listen to. yeah yeah yeahs would probably have a pretty good best of album, but the avante garde art punks would come out in hives at the suggestion.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

I really like Karen O and crew and had never listened to this album. Just familiar with the hits. Great album.

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