Yeah Yeah Yeahs could constantly provide a second to its rattling crisis. The mix of Karen O’s commanding voice, Nick Zinner’s epic guitar scrawl and Brian Chase’s breathy drum grooves is rare and riotous in a fantastically raw way. In the nine a long time since its previous album, the band’s associates have introduced solo and collaborative assignments, but that arena-filling house-bash power was missed.
“Spitting Off the Edge of the Entire world” is a reclamation and a passing of the torch. Television on the Radio’s David Sitek, who has labored as a producer on every YYYs album heading again to 2002’s Machine EP, understands the mission: Capture a spark and stretch it into oblivion. From cathedral-sized synths and windmilled power chords to drums that blur electronic and organic and natural beats, anything here moves in cinematic sluggish motion, particularly the rapturous EBow climax. Even when the band dips out to give Karen O and duet associate Fragrance Genius (in a tastefully impactful feature) area to breathe, there is an atmospheric gravitas.
YYYs has very long chronicled youthful debauchery and euphoria. On “Spitting Off the Edge of the Planet,” the band recognizes the darkness of the several years still left guiding, only to be filled by the mounting generation’s bursting light.