Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Yeasayer, on their third full length release, Fragrant World, have made a fantastic album.  The Brooklyn based band delivers a blend of new wave, light noise rock, and new synth which swirls together forming a very mature indie rock sound.  Think Tegan & Sara’s album Sainthood meets Depeche Mode and New Order.  The album is composed of 11 tracks lasting 48 minutes.

Melodic, dynamic, brooding, enjoyable, well-crafted:  These are all easy descriptors to apply to Fragrant World. The first few songs are nearly anthemic in their catchiness.  This is an easy album to rock along to.

In terms of individual tracks of import:

-“Fingers Never Bleed” is a fantastic start to the album.  Compelling beat, memorable hook.
-“Blue Paper” is solid as well and shows off the heavy bass that underpins the whole album.
-“Henrietta”, with its perfectly delivered chorus, shows off more than a little of the Cure and Depeche Mode in the shadows. 
-I’m pretty sure “Regan’s Skeleton” is a song about the coming zombie apocalypse.
-“Damaged Goods” is a track I like for very basic reasons.  Its catchy in the chorus, a syncopated beat and swelling overtones.

The only song I skip is “No Bones”.  I find the sound of it to be unfocused.

If you like dark and melodic, Depeche Mode, The Cure, New Order, or grew up with the new wave synth and bass sound pioneered by the Eurhythmics, this album is for you.

-Cory Funk, The Funkomaticjamatron Presents… – Thursday 5-6


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