Odd BloodAlbum |
Brooklyn buzz band changes their game.
It's not easy being a buzz band. Take the case of Yeasayer, who came out of nowhere in 2007 to become one of the most blogged-about indie bands of the moment. Their debut album, All Hour Cymbals, seemed to show the next step in the evolution of the everything-but-the-kitchen sink, inclusive-minded approach of Animal Collective and their ilk, not to mention beating Vampire Weekend to the preppy post-Graceland punch by a narrow margin. Two-and-a-half years later, the follow-up, Odd Blood, avoids sophomore jinxdom by sounding like the work of a completely different band. In place of semi-psychedelic post-rock worldbeat, we get percolating synth-pop that variously echoes "Let's Go To Bed"-era Cure, a cheerier Suicide, and OMD. Is the drastic change of direction an overreaction to the hype, or simply the next step in the band's stylistic journey? It's hard to say, and if you come to Odd Blood expecting the Yeasayer of yore, you'll likely be disappointed, but taken on its own merits, the album's melodic charms (especially on "I Remember" and "Rome") will win the hearts of anyone with even a passing fancy for snappy electro-pop hooks who likes to party like it's 1983.