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ODD BLOOD album cover
The Children
Ambling Alp
Madder Red
I Remember
Love Me Girl
Strange Reunions
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 39:42

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Wondering Sound

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Dan Weiss


Yeasayer, ODD BLOOD
Label: Secretly Canadian / SC Dist.

The secret weapon of Brooklyn’s much-ballyhooed Yeasayer is that their shamelessness is their charm. How else to explain why these master synthesists first got away with funky exotica on All Hour Cymbals and have now made even more of a spectacle copping OMD’s Dazzle Ships on the new Odd Blood? With percolating synth lines their new priority, they’ve upped the pleasure quotient a quantum and overstuffed their audio space with an abundance of goofy rhythms,… read more »

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love their albums

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Great at times


I must echo some of the other reviews in that this album is anchored by three really, really great tracks (2, 4, 5). The rest is a little "odder" (hehe), perhaps overly self-indulgent and just makes me wonder if I would have liked it more if they just dumbed the whole thing down and made the whole album dance-happy fun-time if I would have liked it more...perhaps. Honestly, though I like this album much more than All Hour Cymbals.

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I wasnʻt so into dance-y indie rock until now. Canʻt stop listening! Good driving music. Also download "Tightrope" from the Dark Was The Night compilation.

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So good!!


Like Passion Pit or Metric, this will be one of those bands that you can tell your itunes friends- yah, I heard about these guys months ago. Brand new 80s music with prog rock stylings. Too catchy!!

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Can't explain why, but addictive, even though not my standard fare. Something about Ambling Alp that keeps it in my heavy rotation.

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Lawn Mowing Music (Compliment)


This reminds me of some old depeche mode with all the electronica going on but without the dark mood. No one is going to off themself after listening to this. I agree the first half is better but it all holds up well after a few listens.

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Just great...


Judge this album on its own merits, not in comparison with expectations set (and subverted here) with the first album. To my ears, this album is just as good, if following a completely different trajectory: The OMD comparison in the review is apt, as OMD also had a history including out-there adventurous and straight out pop catchiness, including hits and misses on both counts. OMD is a band which is due a rediscovery by a new generation; perhaps Yeasayer will pave the way for that event. Regardless, this is intelligent, catchy, electronic rock. Well done!

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My review is too long for this post so check it here: http://tinyurl.com/theRBH-OddBlood

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Style over substance


I got this. It sounds interesting at first, but the tunes are just suspect. I think the guys want to be producers and that's probably what they'll turn out being. It's a shame that Wild Beasts languish in the 800's and Freedy Johnston in the 500's. Those are where the songs are.

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Don’t judge a book by its cover… or an album by its first track. Odd Blood gets off to an odd start with “The Children” — a robotic, plodding song that prizes mood over melody — before settling into a more balanced groove, mixing the multicultural sounds of Yeasayer’s debut with a new emphasis on electronica, global trip-hop, and digital production. Like All Hour Cymbals, this is a thinking man’s album, one that requires its listeners to put on their thinking caps as well as their dancing shoes. It’s more urban than its predecessor, though, with most songs ditching the tribal harmonies and lo-fi analog ambience of the band’s earlier work in favor of an electric, textured sound. “Love Me Girl,” with its mix of Balearic beat keyboards and sampled female vocals, could have come from an Ibiza nightclub, while “Madder Red” strikes an unlikely balance between synth pop, Middle Eastern folk, and ‘80s dance music. Anand Wilder often abandons his guitar entirely, focusing instead on the keyboards that serve as Odd Blood’s bedrock, and he sings the latter song in a voice that’s clear, pleasant, and devoid of the yelping that characterized some of All Hour Cymbals’ tracks. Chris Keating has similarly improved, so much so that he delivers a rather stunning ballad — the Air-influenced “I Remember” — with warmth and understated confidence. Odd Blood’s emphasis on genre-mashing can overwhelm the weaker tunes, whose melodies are sometimes less interesting than the arrangements themselves, but the album has enough highlights to outweigh any filler on side B. All in all, this is a rare sophomore album that widens the band’s sound without narrowing its appeal. – Andrew Leahey

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