Odd Blood - Yeasayer
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length album for the Brooklyn-based rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Hopefully there’s still enough room on people’s psych plates for Odd Blood, a masterful follow-up that deserves to get into your ears.
  2. 80
    Odd Blood comes a cropper at times, but mostly this is an involving album of vivid weirdo pop. [Mar 2010, p.107]
  3. An unfamiliar listener coming in cold to Yeasayer’s second full-length album probably wouldn’t make it too much further than the opener, “The Children.’’ It’s a choppy, dirge-like downer, the soundtrack to a spooky submarine’s descent into the abyss in cinematic slow motion. But it would be a tragic mistake to abandon ship on this avant-pop Brooklyn trio just before the fun starts.
  4. Yeasayer’s greatest achievement is their balancing act, teetering between heartfelt and overly earnest, between invoking and pastiching past decades, between worldly experimentalism and token tourism.
  5. It’s not what Yeasayer once was, and who cares? They have avoided the sophomore slump the only way they know how: by fearlessly dismantling everything that made their debut a safe bet.
  6. It’s an unabashed pop record that anyone should be proud to play at full volume.
  7. It's all meant to sound fresh, but it doesn't always sound good.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 8, 2011
    10
    WHOA! This is one of the best things that I have heard in a long time. From beginning to end, this album put a smile on my face. From the creepy, electronic opener "The Children" to the calm finale "Grizelda" and every beat, rhythm, and word in between, this album is flawless. The best songs on this album have to be "The Children", "Ambling Alp", "Madder Red", "O.N.E.", and "Rome". Yeasayer has released another great album. If this is the style of music that is popular now, keep it coming! Expand
  2. Jul 30, 2011
    9
    yea this album was good. it was psychedelic and experimental music in fused with pop. it was weird but enjoyable. i liked it. its a good album from that type of genre. love me girl and i remember are stand out tracks. Expand
  3. Dec 22, 2010
    9
    Beautiful and infectious from track 2 on. There's nothing inherently wrong with the opening track, "The Children," but the rest of the album is absolutely stunning, experimental, and just plain fun to listen to. This is so close to being a 10. One of the best albums of 2010. Expand
  4. Apr 11, 2012
    9
    Yeasayer are untouchable musically with Odd Blood, they have fun with a new, electronic direction whilst still keeping their positive world and afrobeat energies burning brightly. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2010
    9
    Experimental. A word used to describe many recent albums. This is one of the few albums that actually fits that definition, as you Yeasayer brings us an album absolutely nothing like it's predecessor, which is a very good thing. The album sounds simple, yet feels complex: a paradox which will have you hitting the repeat button constantly. Expand
  6. Nov 2, 2010
    9
    A breath of fresh air. There is nothing more invigorating than hearing a band having such fun, experimenting and playing around with their sound, teasing the quirky potential out of every track. I haven't been this excited by an album since Late of the Pier's debut. Expand
  7. j30
    Jan 30, 2012
    7
    The album as a whole stands as a pretty darn good pop album. My biggest question is whether or not Odd Blood will stand the test of time.