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Yeasayer's third album, Fragrant World, is a hulking beast of a record. Keyboards clank and wheeze, tiny claps stumble against busted drum machines, and there's very little obvious guitar. It's an album that grapples with the schizophrenia of the modern world by gathering piles of electronics and molding them into something huge and often gorgeous.

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  • Audio CD (August 21, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Secretly Canadian
  • ASIN: B008D42JI6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fingers Never Bleed
2. Longevity
3. Blue Paper
4. Henrietta
5. Devil and the Deed
6. No Bones
7. Reagan's Skeleton
8. Demon Road
9. Damaged Goods
10. Folk Hero Shtick
11. Glass of the Microscope

Editorial Reviews

Yeasayer's third album, Fragrant World, is a hulking beast of a record. Keyboards clank and wheeze, tiny claps stumble against busted drum machines, and there's very little obvious guitar. It's an album that grapples with the schizophrenia of the modern world by gathering piles of electronics and molding them into something huge and often gorgeous.

Customer Reviews

Fragrant World is a wonderful, utterly unique surprise.
Usuallee
A great album with songs of more consistent quality than their previous albums (which were also pretty darn good).
Kipp Hunter McMichael
You could either dance all night long to it or chill in a lounge and listen to the whole album.
Gabe L.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Brian E. on August 21, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Consistency is not Yeasayer's strong suit. Sometimes you can listen to their songs and enjoy them for the well-written pop hits they are. But other times you turn them on and wonder what on earth you're listening to. 2010's Odd Blood featured some of the band's most magnetizing singles to date, but at their worst it sounded like they got lost in some nether region between George Harrison and Tears for Fears.

Rather than learn from their mistakes, the Brooklyn electro pop outfit continue plowing forward on their third LP, Fragrant World, and what was once an endearing band is finding themselves increasingly lost in the static.

But they're never lacking for enthusiasm; to the contrary, it's the overambitiousness of Fragrant World that drags it down. The album is incredibly highly digitized, even more so than its predecessor, Odd Blood, which was already heavy on electronic elements. The problem is that they try to do to much, and seem to have difficulty channeling all the layers and little flourishes into a cohesive whole.

There are fruity sounding instrumental sections, elements that seem to clash with one another, and combinations of instruments and electronics that just don't sound well together. The biggest offender is "No Bones," which opens with some dated synths, a backing track that goes in every direction except forward, and slumping vocals which are so heavily digitized it sounds more like machine than man. Even once singer Chris Keating takes the encoding off his vocals, the track still fails to gain any real momentum.

"Demon Road" is fraught with issues of its own. The beat is very hard to take seriously with its half hearted flute and silly bouncy guitar aesthetic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mwk on October 18, 2012
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Someone in yeasayer must have offended the editors of pitchfork, because this album is very impressive. Probably the best thing they've ever done, despite the fact nothing is quite on the level of odd blood's singles. But did Pinkerton have anything as catchy as buddy holly? Did exile have anything as immediate as brown sugar? If you like weird psychedelic pop music, then it doesn't get much better than fragrant world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By slickery on September 14, 2012
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i got this because i liked several songs on their last album but not the whole thing. and it blew my mind. they've toned down the jam band elements and folky stuff and gone toward a more brooding electro nature. it's VERY boomy too, sick kick and bass for a rock band; almost hip hop low end. if you have a woofer watch out. and the vocals/lyrics have a great flow too. kind of a mix between maynard on puscifer/perfect circle and duran duran or tears for fears if you can imagine. HIGHLY recommend for anyone that likes beats and grooves mixed in with their rock music. there was a band on interscope called Woven about 10 years ago that this reminds me of too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By crescendoyear on August 23, 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking to enjoy yourself, but still want something unique, then this is it. They're not trying to make the next album of the year, they're just doing what they do best...make freakishly catchy indie/electro-pop. The point they had in mind with this album? To show the listener a good f$%#ing time. In the process they manage to challenge you in some spots, so it never feels too straight-forward or boring. I can almost guarantee you'll like it if you're a fan of their previous work, although this is also an excellent place to begin for those new to the band. Here Yeasayer make some infectiously funky, catchy, electronic-laiden, occasionally dark indie-pop. That's the best way I know how to say it. Listen to it with your friends and chill out, or blast it at a party; it works well either way. It is a solid release with virtually no filler (I'm still lukewarm with Demon Road), with some personal favorites being Folk Hero Shtick, Fingers Never Bleed, Blue Paper and Henrietta.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Usuallee on August 27, 2012
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So much of music today is looking backwards - the 80's fixation so many artists have had for a decade now, mash-ups, etc. Yeasayer is one band that is actually looking not to regurgitate, but to innovate. That's why Fragrant World, by far Yeasayer's best album to date, is so thrilling to listen to. It doesn't really sound like anything else.

Fragrant World does so many things so effortlessly well. The music is wierd, but very catchy. Many of the tracks have monstrous beats and catchy, if offbeat, choruses. Each song is intricately layered with state of the art studio precision. There is a lot going on below the surface of each song and new details can be noticed with each listen. It's an awesome album to listen to in the dark with a good pair of headphones.

There are only good songs here, but my favorite is probably the gorgeous "Henrietta", which starts off irresistibly funky, downshifts into a beautiful, trippy ambient passage, and then builds to an amazing crescendo. "Reagan's Skeleton", "Longevity", & "Damaged Goods" are also favorites, but it's hard to pick individual tracks, they're all so good, and the album works so well as a whole.

I was disappointed to see some of the lukewarm reviews both here and on various websites. It's perhaps understandible though, there are no tracks that are quite as straightforward & accessible as, say "Ambling Asp" or "Madder Red" from their last album. However, this album is more complex, and ultimately more rewarding as a result. I disagree completely with claims that it is a muddled or unfocused album. Far from it. Yes it's varied, but I believe it's very cohesive and well thought out.

Fragrant World is a wonderful, utterly unique surprise. I was not that big a Yeasayer fan before now.
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