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It's Blitz! is the third full-length studio album by New Yorkmarker band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was originally set for release on April 13, 2009, however after being leaked to the internet on February 22, the release date was pushed forward to March 9 for the digital version and March 31 for the physical version. The rest of the world release date was on April 6, 2009. The first single "Zero" was released on February 24, 2009. The album was produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Talking Heads, PiL), along with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek.

Recording

According to Nick Launay, one of the two producers, the recording of the album was unusual for being largely written and created in the studio at a time when record labels have cut back considerably on production budgets. The few songs the band did take along to the first sessions were later altered significantly. Launay described a typical session as follows:

"Brian [Chase] would play lots of different drumbeats and we'd record it, chop it up and then make a groove loop out of it.
Nick (Zinner) would then just jam to it, and we'd come up with an interesting rhythm part.
Karen [O] would listen to that and come up with a vocal melody and then suddenly everything would fall into place."


The album sessions took place over several months in 2008, during which time there were numerous breaks "to get inspired".

Critical reaction

The album has been extremely well received by critics, having a weighted average rating of 82/100 (Universal acclaim), according to Metacritic, based on 36 reviews. NME wrote that "It's Blitz!'s heartfelt love letter to the transcendent possibilities of the dancefloor is an unexpectedly emphatic reassertion of why Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of the most exciting bands of this decade", while Spin said that it is "the alternative pop album of the decade—one that imbues The Killers' Hot Fuss and MGMT's Oracular Spectacular with a remarkable emotional depth and finesse". Meanwhile, in a track-by-track preview of the album, The Fly said that It's Blitz! is "an amazing return for Yeah Yeah Yeahs... an instant classic", later giving the album a rating of 4.5 out of 5. The BBC called the album "a triumphant return for New York's finest". Clash commented that the trio had achieved growth without distancing themselves from what made their name: "The album proves that they can provide epic music with personal themes, that YYYs can expand without losing what made us fall for them in the first place". Despite the general overwhelming positive reaction to the album, some reviews were mixed. Tiny Mix Tapes commented, "From most bands, half of a great record would be an incredible accomplishment, but we’ve heard so much better from them" and awarded the album 2.5/5. Nick Butler of Sputnikmusic, while praising the album with an overall score of 3.5/5, summarised the album will "probably date badly and, despite clearly being better than Fever to Tell, it probably won't be remembered by as many people, or as fondly by those people".

Track listing

All tracks written by Brian Chase, Karen Orzolek and Nick Zinner

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak

position
Sales
Australian Albums Chart 8
UK Albums Chart 9 78,000+
Irish Albums Chart 10
U.S. Billboard 200 22 175,000+
New Zealand Albums Chart 22
Canadianmarker Hot 100 18
Belgianmarker (Flanders) 23
Danish Albums Chart 40
Norwegian Albums Chart 12
Austrian Albums Chart 61
German Albums Chart 71
Swiss Albums Chart 85
French Albums Chart 160


References

  1. "Yeah Yeah Yeahs to release album early due to leak", NME, 2009-03-03. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
  2. Goodman, William. "Exclusive: Yeah Yeah Yeahs Talk New Album", Spin, 2009-02-12. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
  3. "Interview With Nick Launay", HitQuarters, 16 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
  4. Doherty, Niall. "First Listen: Yeah Yeah Yeahs 'It's Blitz!'", The Fly, 2009-02-19. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
  5. Doherty, Niall. 'It's Blitz!' review, The Fly, 2009-03-23. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
  6. Jones, Chris. "A triumphant return for New York's finest.", BBC, 2009-03-09. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.
  7. Murray, Robin. "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz!, Album three from the NYC trio...", Clash, 2009-03-13. Retrieved on 2009-04-15.



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