May 21, 2009

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz
Interscope Records, March 31

One can understand why YYY singer Karen O sounds a little apprehensive in interviews when discussing the more mainstream track the band’s on for third album It’s Blitz, but unless she’s trying to win over the whole world (and what artist isn’t, really), this is a no-foul situation. Matter of fact, maturity fits these guys well, and they sure sound like they deserve to move up to the Bigs, with or without any filthy punky sexual references tossed in.

Apologies to posers submitted, we turn to the record itself, full of instantly likeable tunes branded here and there with KO’s frantic grrrly war-whooping. “Soft Rock” is the best play in the deck, an eerie, almost Cardigans-like sample repeated almost as much as it deserves while Karen does a pretty impressive freshman-album Chrissie Hynde over it. “Zero” welds Transvision Vamp to U2, an assembly certain to sedate 20something honky chicks working their way through impossible boyfriends, and “Heads Will Roll” is hard roller-rink radio, but as the album moves on it slowly takes on more dream-pop shades, mayhaps a sign of pleasant things to come. Though she won’t be winning the Exene-wannabe award this year, KO’s doing the rest of this thing right. A Eric W. Saeger