Odd Blood, the new LP from Brooklyn band Yeasayer, doesn't sound new at all. It's a transporter to the ’80s of big hair and keyboard scarves.
The album starts off with a dark, rumbling, experimental tune, "The Children," in which Chris Keating's voice is drenched in effects. This is Yeasayer's experimental side, the side that takes the backseat of the Camaro to their more polished ’80s dance tunes, like "Ambling Alp," where Keating's lyrics would fit a John Hughes flick. "Stick up for yourself son, never mind what anybody else has done."
On "I Remember," Keating starts off in a high-pitched voice only to bust into a Simon Le Bon-inspired howl: "You're stuck in my mind all of the time."
Whereas on "O.N.E.," the beat and the music would be a perfect fit for a Culture Club reunion album.
This album will have you Backing the Bus Up or doing the Dolphin out on the dance floor.
- Album title: Odd Blood (2010)
- Artist: Yeasayer
- Label: Secretly Canadian
- Songs: (1) The Children, (2) Ambliing Alp, (3) Madder Red, (4) I Remember, (5) O.N.E, (6)Love Me Girl, (7) Rome, (8) Strange Reunions, (9) Mondegreen, (10) Grizelda