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Album Review – “Odd Blood” by Yeasayer

7 May

Here’s a sentence you probably thought you’d never hear – Yeasayer and Cyndi Lauper have something in common.

They both just wanna have fun.

Odd Blood, the latest release from Brooklyn’s Yeasayer, is a complete departure from their previous record. Gone are most of the qualities that made the group such an indie hit.

Their weird, ambient textures? Gone. The spacey feeling of songs like “2080” and “Sunrise”? Buh-bye. That whole world music vibe? See ya.

But while the band may have lost some of what made them unique, it’s what they’ve gained that makes them even more memorable. The band honed its songwriting skills, fell in love with pop music, and created one of the best albums of the year.

The band’s new lease on life is immediately noticeable on “Ampling Alp.” The song’s cheerful, 80’s inspired feel gives way to the surprisingly upbeat lyrics, “Stick up for yourself, son/Never mind what anybody else done.”

Odd Blood reaches its peak on “O.N.E.” The track is songwriting mastery – it weaves in a stream-of-consciousness fashion, feeling like an outer space disco track.
But the album suffers from maddening inconsistency. While the album has a handful of stellar tracks, about half the album falls flat. Songs like “Strange Reunions” and “Love Me Girl” feel unfinished and half-hearted.

Still, Odd Blood is a definite must for anyone in the mood to get down with a funky fresh dance jam.

Sorry. Seems like my article, much like Odd Blood, is trying a bit too hard.

Standout Tracks: “O.N.E.” and “Madder Red”
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Biggest Strength: A funky and weird party vibe
Biggest Weakness: The album’s inconsistency hurts the listening experience.
The Final Word: For those about to dance, Odd Blood is a must. But you might want to skip a few tracks.