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Sunday, 13 December 2009

Musick's Top 20 albums: 10

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz!

Show Your Bones, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ last album, is one of Musick’s favourite things, ever. Needless to say, expectation for the follow-up was high and not even the admission that Nick Zinner had stepped away from his guitars in favour of the synth could dampen it. Luckily, It’s Blitz! represents the perfect follow-up, expanding on their core sound to take in elements of dance (‘Zero’, ‘Heads Will Roll’) and, er, Celtic folk (‘Skeletons’), whilst not forgetting the things that made people fall for them in the first place. At the centre of the musical melee, Karen O crafted an emotional core that gave each song a weight that contemporaries such as The Killers or MGMT could never match. ‘Runaway’ and ‘Hysteric’ were two of the best songs they’d ever committed to tape, the former a tear-stained ballad, the latter a gorgeous tribute to finding the right person.

Key track: ‘Zero’

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