Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!
As a long-time listener of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs I have come to know them as a band that meddled punk with art rock, I fell in love with songs such as ‘Art Star’ and ‘Machine’. From there my love blossomed into feverish listening of ‘Fever to Tell’ and ‘Show Your Bones’. So, in many ways ‘It’s Blitz’ was something of a disappointment for me, which left me asking the question; “Is it better for a band to evolve the sound or to immerse in it?”... For me, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs were always a band who were energetic, provocative and above all impulsive. Their songs felt like raw emotion spilt out through arbitrary vocals, dirty guitars, omnipresent drums and catatonic synths. As such, my expectations were inclined to believe that ‘It’s Blitz’ would be yet again an emotional rollercoaster of an album. So to find that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had calmed their sound down felt as if they were somehow become docile, complacent, even (dare I say it) selling out... This taps into a further argument that has since dominated musician’s careers for generations; should the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have stuck to their punk beginnings? Should they have developed their sound and adopted a new one in order to do so? In my opinion if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. However, in many people’s opinions ‘It’s Blitz’ was an album that finally allowed them to admire the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. No matter what choice is made, fans will ultimately become alienated; if the sound stays the same the band will be accused of becoming stale, whereas, if the sound evolves the band will be accused of becoming too experimental. Ultimately, diehard fans want to be able to appreciate the old and celebrate the new, a feeling I didn’t receive from ‘It’s Blitz’... I have since warmed to the album and indeed enjoy listening to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs new sound, which they seem to master in their own way. I unfortunately will reminisce and mourn the loss of their punk rock sound, but at the same time realise how hypocritical it is to ask them to remain the same. If anything, the hollow victory that comes out of this situation is that more people love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which is fine with me.