“A wonderful place to explore...” Appreciating this album does admittedly require time and effort, which occasionally isn’t repaid – the old-school flavoured No Bones doesn’t quite work while the lyrics of Folk Hero Shtick’s attack on arrogant, talentless singers seem incongr
“There's a significant change here...” Their first and only consistent LP. It not only proves that Yeasayer can make an unremarkable song, but that they can make 11 of them in a row...
“Ventures into more experimental areas...” The halfway point marks a clear shift in quality, as if they finally rediscovered their pop sensibility. Demon Songs is louche and dreamy, and Damaged Goods pulsates with menace, but it's the intriguing Folk Hero Schtick that really stands out...
“An anxious record...” Seemingly horrified of ever sounding dull, they've made their experimental pop more fidgety than ever but a fondness for the funkier reaches of 80s synth-pop permeates the record and helps things cohere...
“The musical equivalent of actionpainting by machines...” They have a tendency to bury songs such as “Devil And The Deed” and “No Bones” underneath brittle, staccato bricolages of sound, in which every element is percussive, and barely any melodic...
“Enough hooks and highlights to keep things moving...” Fragrant World is undoubtedly interesting in texture and shifting propulsion, not to mention its painstaking construction, but too frequently it just feels a little cold and arch...