for the fifth consecutive year, my month of may will be consumed by studying for/preparing for/dreading an important event. this time it's another exam, but this may should be the most fulfilling yet, as at the end of this self-torture i will have earned three additional letters after my name. things have already gotten hairy trying to put a dissertation together, which means that my last post on here was several weeks ago. and it's only going to get worse. before it gets completely out of control, though, hopefully i can mention a few songs over the next week or so that have been in heavy rotation on my recent playlists.
first up is "skeletons", by yeah yeah yeahs
. it's blitz!
finds the band in unfamiliar sonic territory, as nick zinner's guitar has mostly been replaced by keyboards. i'm still not sure how i feel about that--the new album sounds good for the most part, but i can't help but think of rilo kiley
's disappointing 2007 effort
, under the blacklight
, when i hear songs like "dragon queen".
on the other hand, "skeletons" is to these ears the best song yeah yeah yeahs have ever recorded, demonstrating that the new sound can work. the song slowly builds on synths, drums, and karen o's voice, which though uncharacteristically restrained, is as expressive as ever. the increasing tension creates a crescendo that practically begs for an epic climax of splintering guitars and karen o yelps. but it never occurs, instead opting to slowly back away from the edge of the cliff. and yet it's somehow immensely satisfying. and, oh, that album cover ain't bad either.yeah yeah yeahs : "skeletons"
from the lp it's blitz!