The Deal: N.Y.C. alt-rockers release third full-length album.
The Good: While the music has changed a bit from the sound the YYYs had in the past, Karen O's personality and vocals remain intact. The band has taken on more of a pop-'80s sound for the new album, but without losing it's alt-rock appeal. The album kicks off with a staccato electronic bass riff on "Zero" that sets the tone for the music that appears on the following tracks. Karen O seems to have given in to more of a singer's style instead of her quirky approach from previous albums. The deluxe edition of the disc includes acoustic versions of four of the tracks – "Soft Shock," "Skeletons," "Hysteric" and "Little Shadow."
The Bad: When I first heard YYYs, I immediately went out and bought the band's first two albums. This one's a nice addition, and I really have nothing to complain about. It's more of a musical departure towards pop from the previous efforts, but just different, not bad. "Heads Will Roll" reminded me of Garbage at times and would almost work well in your average club setting – not sure if that's a good thing.
The Verdict: It's a departure from the past without losing the familiar characteristics that made YYYs so interesting in the first place. There's the potential for an interesting mix of tunes in a live performance between the upbeat pop of the new album and the previous albums' slower vibes.