Yeasayer | The Vic | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Yeasayer 18+ Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Recommended

When: Wed., Aug. 22, 8 p.m. 2012

On its third album, Fragrant World (Secretly Canadian), Brooklyn band Yeasayer dig themselves deeper into emotionally unctuous neo-80s pop, nestling tight between Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears. The new record is dominated by electronics, mostly ditching real drums in favor of electro pads, and just about every sound is heavily processed—though there are a few wrenching guitar parts seething in the thick mix. Thankfully the trio arrive at an end result that's much more full-bodied and kaleidoscopic than most of the dated pop they're giving a tip of the hat, thanks to solid production and the occasional abrasive texture. I've always had a love-hate relationship with Yeasayer—they routinely borrow ideas from some of my least favorite bands—but their sticky melodies pull me in spite of myself. The back half of Fragrant World gets a bit claustrophobic, with a sound that suggests that somebody involved was paying more attention to self-indulgent knob twirling than songcraft, but the best parts of the album are more than good enough to overcome my resistance. —Peter Margasak Daughn Gibson opens.  18+

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