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Yeah Yeah Yeahs - “Cool It Down” Album Review

Story posted October 4, 2022 in

Flashback to 2000 in New York City, the iconic indie rock trio was formed: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The band is made up of guitarist and pianist Nick Zinner, drummer Brian Chase and the incredibly talented vocalist and pianist, Karen O.

At this time of year, it is next to impossible not to hear the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sensational hit “Heads Will Roll” at some point on the radio or at Halloween parties.

With amazing songs and four grand albums under their belt, “Cool It Down” is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs latest studio album in nine years. Its long-awaited release has had fans on the edge of their seats, and to most, it did not disappoint.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs last album was “Mosquito” released on April 12, 2013. Although it received generally positive reviews and reached No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, it did not earn as many sales as their previous three albums. Hopefully, “Cool It Down” receives more sales and recognition due to its much-anticipated release.

“Cool It Down” begins with the impressive and masterful single, “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” featuring singer-songwriter Perfume Genius. This epic start to the album gives the listener their first taste of the fascinating production elements found in every track of “Cool It Down.” The entire album is sprinkled with impressive synths, lively dance beats and experimental sounds. Many of the tracks have a slow build that never lets the listener down.

In addition, “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” presents the theme of climate change within the album. Heartbreaking lyrics such as “Mama, what have you done?” illustrate how the narrator is asking their mother, the previous generation, why they let the Earth get to this irreparable position.

Additionally, in track five, “Burning,” the repetitive lyrics of “Whatcha gonna do when you get to the water?” emphasize how climate change has led to an increase in hazardous flooding and natural disasters.

Each track on “Cool It Down” would be nothing if it were not for Karen O’s outstanding vocals. She showcases her great range throughout the album, from saddening and smooth monologues to belting on choruses.

Although the album has many danceable tracks, the overall mood of the album is quite depressing. This is mainly due to its theme.

The final track of the album, “Mars” truly encapsulates the bleak and somber atmosphere the album buries under upbeat tracks. “Mars” is a monologue by Karen O over the slowest music bed on the album.

For the most part, this was a satisfactory album. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs did a commendable job of creating a fun and enjoyable album that still has meaning and depth behind it.

However, this is not an album for everyone. “Cool It Down” is not an album that can be played anytime or anywhere. Many people might find it to be overproduced and repetitive. Nevertheless, one cannot deny the admirable production, lyrics and instrumentation of most of the tracks.

Rating: 6/10

Reviewer’s Favorite Songs: “Spitting Off the Edge of the World,” “Blacktop” and “Wolf”

Reviewer’s Least Favorite Songs: “Fleez” and “Different Today”

 

Elizabeth Sala is a first-year majoring in telecommunications. To contact her, email eas6486@psu.edu.