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Review: Yeasayer, ‘Odd Blood’

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SPIN Rating: 8 of 10
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Label: Secretly Canadian
Josh Modell // January 8, 2010

And from a cocoon of hazy psych-folk comes…a masterful mash-up of ’80s synth pop and tribal-beat tickles? Brooklyn’s Yeasayer are going to need more hyphens. The biggest, boldest, and best moments on their second album nod flamboyantly to influences never before evident — Erasure (“Ambling Alp”) and Haircut 100 (the tropical “O.N.E.”), among others — but somehow they’re seamlessly integrated with trippier old jams such as “Rome” and the epic, falsetto-fueled love song “I Remember.” So, two exciting questions: Where did this come from, and what’s coming next?