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Fragrant World

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Fingers Never Bleed
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Longevity
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Blue Paper
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Henrietta
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Devil and the Deed
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No Bones
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Reagan's Skeleton
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Demon Road
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Damaged Goods
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Folk Hero Shtick
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Glass of the Microscope
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 48:30

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Barry Walters

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Award-winning critic Barry Walters is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Spin, the Village Voice, and many other publications. His interview with Prince a...more »

08.21.12
A collection of strangely satisfying contradictions
2012 | Label: Secretly Canadian / SC Distribution

Following the self-consciously arty impulses of 2007′s All Hour Cymbals and the heightened accessibility of 2010′s Odd Blood, Fragrant World is Yeasayer’s synthesis move: Pitting the band’s strongest batch of songs against its most jarring sounds, it radiates the tension of its opposing impulses and resolves them with rhythm. Described by the band during its creation as “demented R&B,” it’s by far their most danceable record; you could play at a party and keep everyone… read more »

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Fragrant World

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This one is a grower. I previewed it on NPR, while it was streaming, and thought a couple of the songs had good hooks. The last half of the album captured me immediately. After I listened to the whole album 3 or 4 times I realized it was great in it's entirety. To me it sounds like an evolution of 80's Synth-pop; think New Order or Depeche Mode with modern sounds at their disposal. Even the lyrical theme's in Reagan's Bones, Demon Road, and Damaged goods suggest 80's Goth. After repeated listens this album has slowly become one of my favorites of 2012.

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Sounds like a remix version of an imaginary album

Slar

The problem is that I generally don't like remix albums. This one is no exception. It is too all over the place and the vocals are buried under the chaos.

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Damaged Goods

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I love this record and upon first, second, third... tenth listen feel it is Yeasayer's best release to date. "Damaged Goods", "Demon Road", "Fingers Never Bleed", "Henrietta" and "Reagan's Skeleton" are all fantastic tracks.

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"We're never scared of changing. We're more fearful of repeating ourselves," says Yeasayer's Anand Wilder, by way of shedding light on the band's shift from the poppier sound of their last album, Odd Blood to the more textured music found on their new album, Fragrant World. "We wanted to indulge our more experimental side". The Brooklyn group inventively dubbed their own music "Middle Eastern-psych-snap-gospel" and, accordingly, "experimental" is a word that often crops up in our… more »