February 25, 2013

Song Review: Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Sacrilege"


Whenever my favorite bands start going glam, I get a little nervous. The sequins, the glitter, the Bowieism, the disco-lit beats -- Uh, uh, no thanks. Karen O and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have always been a fashionable bunch, so I'll excuse the colorful make-up and extravagant costumes since they come with the package, but "Sacrilege," the first single off their forthcoming LP Mosquito, due out April 16th on Interscope, isn't giving AS the itch just yet to get behind what they're selling next. Produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek alongside seminal dance-punk producer Nick Launay, it's an uncharacteristically safe listen that builds off a danceable bassline and chic keyboard assist from Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark that eventually does more with its climbing, emotional pull akin to Karen O's psycho-opera Stop the Virgens than it does the band's expectant M.O. of engagingly blurring stylistic thresholds between avant rock, alt-rock and pop. Perhaps it's my fault for counting on something more traditional in the recorded sense (or at the very least, wanting to hear Nick Zinner's electricity run through my veins) than a single that concludes with an over-dramatic 24-piece gospel choir fit for Gaga-esque grandiosity sans the conventional pop connotations. In the future, I would be more content if the Yeah Yeah Yeahs left "Sacrilege"'s contrived spiritual gestures like that inside the church. I hear the message, but I'm just not feeling what they're preaching as of right now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sacrilege"

1 comment:

  1. Probably lead track variation rather than "the best they've got". I hope.

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