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Their debut rides off the release of the single, "2080/Sunrise" that garnered stacks of nice press quotes. The album is a mesmerizing journey, and quite overwhelming for a premiere release. Live, this group brings out the boogie, radiating heat waves and rhythms. Songs once laid to tape are constantly restructured and reworked, show to show, for a new experience.
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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WE ARE FREE
  • ASIN: B000VLLYEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Have you ever wanted to learn what it would be like to travel as a Bedouin Spice Trader? Well, Yeasayer's "All Hour Cymbals" won't help you do that but it'll FEEL like it is and isn't that what really matters most?

They use all kind of crazy instruments here to reproduce a sound that's predominantly middle-eastern and infinitely funky. I think my friend Gary said they sometimes use this kind of guitar that somebody sits on. Crazy. They also use these drums that sound like somebody's name...what was it? Roy-roy's? No. Bob-bob's? Nah. ..I got it: bongo's!

This album is one of the best of the year so far. Just like my first wife's decaying corpse, it refuses to be put away. I find myself craving it if I go more than a day without. It's alternatively cool and relaxing, then quick and pounding; mostly, it's a fast friend who makes such a big impact in such a short time that you openly wonder how you got along before their arrival.

Personal favorites: Sunrise (beat-heavy, notifies you of their arrival, gets you moving); Wait for the Wintertime (tremendously kinetic, epic adventure across a continent); 2080 (his plaintive voice is trying to tell a story but who's got time to listen?); Wait for the Summer (walking through the market); Worms (an old man tells you a story & belly dancers seduce you as you're robbed - wake up!!).

Great for hoedowns and cataclysms.
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A recent analysis in Scientific Reports revealed that -- it's true -- all popular music these days sounds the same. You can look it up yourself; it was done by computers and scientists and everything. Lucky us, we live in the days of mass communication and internet technology, and although people who DON'T sound like everyone else aren't usually in the mainstream, they aren't that hard to find for those who know how to look. Hence, Yeasayer.

When I first discovered Yeasayer, I wasn't sure what I was listening to. It sounded like the soundtrack to a water park that runs on fever dreams and which caters to old souls inside young, sun-baked bodies. That's no good, though. It's poetic and all, but who really knows what I'm talking about? The point, really, is that they're good, unusual, and you should check them out.

ALL HOUR CYMBALS -- 5 stars
More raw instrumentation than you find in most bands, their first album has the coarse-granola-sensibility of a Rusted Root with the chaotic storytelling of an Animal Collective. Every song sounds like it was inspired by a bonfire, rocket launch, or church revival. There's an earthen, unwashed humanity to each tune, like the sound of a nerve being jangled and soothed at the same time. Standouts: "2080" (a bittersweet anthem with a bridge than never fails to give me goosebumps), "No Need To Worry" (another slow burning tune with an operatic and uplifting chord progression), and "Red Cave" (my favorite song of theirs so far; an incrementally aggressive mountain climber of a song that hits a dense joyful core at the end).
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I caught the Yeasayer live in DC and it was great show. I think the album definitely lives up to the live rendition.

How to classify? Difficult, but I would say smoothly transitioned "experimental", landscaped indie rock with a twinges of international influences (Persian comes to mind). I also hear progressive and 80s influences. Sometimes experimental is can be often awkward, but this album fuses different sounds and layers together brilliantly.

This album reminds me of The Earlies debut; however a bit more upbeat and less produced.

Very, very cool album and I would highly recommend.
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The debut album from the band Yeasayer isn't necessarily one that's going to reach out and grab you right off the bat. Instead, you are more likely to find yourself humming a short refrain or repeating a couple of melodic lyrics and wondering where it came from. The music can seem almost overwhelming at moments, but is actually comprised of many simple parts all layered into a rich whole. The members use a lot of Eastern sounds, specifically reminiscent of Indian music, along with multiple vocal tracks and a dash of indie rock sensibilities. The result is something resembling a Bollywood soundtrack, a drum circle, Built to Spill, and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Undoubtedly the strongest track on the album, "2080" may make a good litmus test for anyone unsure if that sounds like something they might enjoy. And that's understandable. It's a mixture of sounds that could fall apart at any stage of production. If the vocalists weren't all good singers, if the percussionists weren't solid, if the levels weren't mixed down just perfectly then any of the songs could quickly become grating, but track after track comes together nicely. They might not all get stuck in your head, but the worst thing you can say about any given song on All Hour Cymbals is that it's a really nice song. For the best tracks, they've created songs that combine a sense of ancient history with new sounds.

Recommended tracks: Again, "2080" is the best song on the album. If you don't like it, you likely won't care for anything else here. "Sunrise" is another great track which allows the music to come more to the forefront. These two together represent the basic sounds of the album and, unsurprisingly, were the two chosen to be on the first single. "Wintertime" dips closer to the indie rock sounds, "Forgiveness" plays heavily with the chanting aspects, and the album comes to a nice close with "Red Cave", which sums up what the group is doing very well.
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