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To cut a short story even shorter, Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when Karen O (vocals) and Nick Zinner (guitar) stumbled upon one another in a New York bar. They wrote some pretty acoustic folk songs together before the lightening bolt realization struck that they could, conceivably, be the best rock-n-roll, art-punk, disco-sleaze whatever-you-wanna-call-it band in the ... Read more in Amazon's Yeah Yeah Yeahs Store

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B001UJIMF0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release from the New York trio, the follow-up to 2006's Show Your Bones. It's Blitz! was recorded with Nick Launay (producer of YYY's 2007 Is Is EP) and longtime collaborator TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek. The album signals both a glance backward and a step forward for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Guitarist Nick Zinner had brought along an old keyboard he bought on eBay to work with during the writing session, not expecting it to end up on the album. However, the sounds of the vintage Arp were so right for the new songs that they found their way into the atmospheric washes of "Skeletons", the Disco wiggles of "Heads Will Roll", and New Wave melodrama of "Soft Shock". The whole record has a new feeling of space and atmosphere, a new sonic dimension, if you will.

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Karen O...you complete me!
deavyin
"It's Blitz" again has some uneven bits, but the brilliant pieces more than make up for it, and even the few tracks that are less than the rest are still great!
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This album gets better with every listening.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Rudolph Klapper on March 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been more than adept at keeping themselves a fresh commodity since they hit the NYC dance-punk scene in the early part of the millennial decade, their three albums over six years each showing a steady progression and evolution in the trio's distinctive sound. It's Blitz! is, predictably, like nothing the band has done before, trading in the raucous guitar assault of their debut and the more acoustic sounds of sophomore effort Show Your Bones for . . . disco?

Well, not quite. While the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have discovered a newfound appreciation for synthesizers and tasty backbeats on It's Blitz!, the band remains focused on well-crafted melodies, Karen O's distinctive vocals, and an appreciation for an undeniably organic sound that belies the electronica they put to excellent use here. Opener "Zero" starts off with a buzzing synth line and pulsating keyboards framing Karen O's effortless exhortations to "put your leather on." The song's graceful climax and smorgasbord of perfectly out-of-place blips and glitches perhaps make the song a challenging proposition to long-term fans, but its icy beauty and irresistibly catchy chorus, where Nick Zinner's guitar blares out in all its distorted glory, bode well for what follows.

And what follows is easily the best opening sequence Yeah Yeah Yeahs have put together. "Heads Will Roll" balances a menacing disco beat and O's frantic message to "dance `til you're dead" with a chorus and stinging hook that drag you in and don't let go, while "Soft Shock" dials back the energy without letting up on the band's flowing pop sensibility and O's uncomplicated vocals.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By AMP on April 3, 2009
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My rating: 3.5 out of 5

*"Zero." One of the better (if not the best) tracks on this album. It's a groovy electronic dance song with some good singing/lyrics and good synthesized sounds. Like most of the other songs, however, it doesn't have a very strong guitar or percussion; it's a lot less rock and much more dance music.
*"Heads Will Roll." A heavier dance song with stronger percussion and more intense lyrics. There's also some heavier guitar at the end of the song.
*"Soft Shock." A little lighter dance song, with more upbeat melody and lyrics.
*"Skeletons." A soft track with very little instrumentation. Some wood percussion is used, sounding like bones or something. The melody is uplifting.
*"Dull Life." A great rock song, more in line with other music usually sung by this band. It has a distinctive melody (for some reason, it sounds oriental to me), good lyrics, and strong percussion and guitar. It's cool.
*"Shame and Fortune." Another decent rock song, but with more electronic sounds. Melody and lyrics are great.
*"Runaway." Another slow uplifting track, much like "Skeletons." Has some good percussion at the end.
*"Dragon Queen." A moderate-tempo pop/rock song with soft vocals, good percussion, and some groovy sounds.
*"Hysteric." A slower rock song. Has good vocals and percussion, but is still quite slow and soft.
*"Little Shadow." A much slower song with some guitar and soft vocals. Not bad for the album's end.

First off, this album lacks the crazy energetic rock songs that dominated "Fever to Tell," or even "Show Me Your Bones." Instead, this album resembles something Moby made, not only because these songs are electric dance/chill-out, but also because they are using similar sounds.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Santos on January 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Just a few brief comments as others have already stated the strengths of this album in detail.
To my ears this was so different from the first two that I instantly did not like it. After repeated listens however I've found this album to be easily one of the best of the year and certainly on par with their excellent first album.
Maybe it's just her vocals, but I can't but help but compare this version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs to classic Siouxie and the Banshees, 1980-81, when they too added electronics to paint their own musical landscape, after evolving from a guitar driven punk act. Granted, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's certainly did not give up the guitar riffs on this album, they expanded their sound and so gave us a quality release.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sound handle on July 17, 2009
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when i first bought this album, i must say i was VERY disappointed! i wasn't expecting the synth/techno sound. i reviewed this album previously, under the deluxe edition. i had given it two stars. i would like to redact my previous review. this album keeps growing on me. even though it isn't raw guitar and tricky switch-ups, i must say it is a stellar album. i feel like a jerk for giving it a harsh review the first time around.

fantastic album. hasn't come out of my CD player since i bought it. great great beats. i love it. i feel soooooo dumb for knocking it before! give it a shot! please! you will enjoy it, i promise! sometimes i get whiplash when the the volume is too high.....my head wont stop bobbing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Oyama on April 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
One would think that after their indie rock foray in their sophomore album, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs would return to playing loud garage rock.

However, Karen O. and the gang surprised fans again with their third album, playing some of the best glam rock ever.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are admirable for doing something different with each album. They've gone from the noise fest of their debut, "Fever to Tell," to some cute indie rock songs in "Show Your Bones," to the electro-pop disco of "It's Blitz!" And every time, they never failed to disappoint.

With "It's Blitz!", though, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs sound even more fresh, with Nick Zinner playing the incredible electronic sounds on the synthesizer. Anyone will be amazed with the electronic soundscape he plays in "Skeletons," resembling the music of the film "Blade Runner."

Of course, this doesn't mean that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have completely abandoned their loud garage rock jams. Karen O. still yelps and Zinner's guitar still grinds loudly in "Dull Life." Karen's also geared her lyrics to match the intensity of the economic recession, singing "We've seen the nightmare of the lies that you speak/The beast that I lie beneath is coming in." Even though this jam features plenty of electronic sounds, they still carry the same exciting tension of their previous albums.

Even though Zinner doesn't grind and Karen doesn't howl as loudly as in "Fever to Tell," this album marks a significant change in the Yeah Yeah Yeahs evolution. Rather than screaming and blasting guitar and drum noise, Zinner is creating electronic masterpieces and Karen is singing like an elegant diva.

And they still have the hot dance hall beats that made them popular.
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