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ISSUE 21 | Reviews: Yeasayer’s Odd Blood by 20watts

Yeasayer's latest effort reveals some eclectic influences.

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Honest and eccentric, Yeasayer’s sophomore effort, Odd Blood, dips and dives through a bevy of emotions. It’s an imposing blend of experimental pop and psychedelic rock, unrelenting as its large collection of sounds caterwaul every which way. However, the album still maintains a loose organization – never wavering from its course as it explores love’s postmortem difficulties with strikingly upbeat results.

The crux of this positive outlook on an otherwise negative situation lies first in the singles, “Ambling Alp” and “O.N.E.” Drawing comparisons to the likes of TV on the Radio, the former bounces along crazed keyboards, lead singer Chris Keating’s oc­casional falsetto and interspersed horns. It’s a wild, stark bonanza, spinning within the loose confines of the track’s experimen­tal nature. “O.N.E.” maintains the same carefree vibe, but takes a wackier approach. As Keating laments falling out of love, one cannot help but become enamored by the colorful and active background that func­tions very much as the lyrics’ antithesis.

The emotional roller coaster doesn’t end there. Tracks like “I Remember” and “Love Me Girl” continue harping on what once was, all while fighting against the underlying electronic excitement. When not recalling lost love, the band uses the album’s space just as constructively, testing the limits of their combination of pop and world sounds. From the Middle Eastern influences in “Strange Reunions,” to the funky, haunting sounds of “Mondegreen,” you can never be too sure as to what may come next on this explorative album.

— John Cassillo

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