No.5: Yeasayer – Odd Blood
In the year that fellow Brooklyn hipsters MGMT alienated many with a clear leap away from the mainstream on their second album Congratulations, Yeasayer did the opposite. Like MGMT’s debut, buried beneath the experimental bells and whisltes of the broken synths, out-of-time cowbell and demented vocal lines, Odd Blood plays host to some terrific pop tunes.
Take Ambling Alp, which has singer Chris Keating emploring you to ‘stick up for yourself son, nevermind what anybody else done’, or the ethereal Madder Red, which follows immediately. They are the two most direct songs the group has ever written, and they cut through you like daggers, forcing your limbs to move and your heart to beat that little bit faster.
And we haven’t mentioned ONE yet. One of the singles of the year, it possess a disco chorus most bands would sell their souls for. But, it is not just the singles that makes Odd Blood so essential. It is the sound of a band stepping out of the underground completely on their own terms, and it’s refreshing to hear it done so well.
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