Yukon Blonde
Yukon Blonde


3.0
good

Review

by Kiran EMERITUS
February 8th, 2010 | 47 replies | 10,109 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Clean cut americana for the kids.

I really dislike categorizing bands through namedropping others. More often than not, it’s a hassle. With Yukon Blonde, it’s a pain. Their music is chock full of obvious influences and tributes, and to name them all would ultimately still leave readers with vague ideas of what they sound like. But you know what? We’ll call this an exercise in comprehension. You see, Yukon Blonde throw obvious nods in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s direction, as well as salutes of thanks to more contemporary artists like Fleet Foxes, though with a far more significant rock n roll focus more akin to Dr. Dog. Put a little Beatles into the pot, Fleetwood Mac too, and stir (any clearer?). Their self titled record is one that’s easy on the ears, light in its message, and transported from a time where the Beach Boys were still commercially successful and Phil Spector wasn’t quite bat-*** insane yet (as far as he would admit).

Yes, Yukon Blonde’s sound owes a lot to a generation they weren’t even alive to see but moving past, well, the past, their self-titled owes even more to its production. It’s clean and crisp with a big emphasis on keeping the harmonies audible, giving the band a lot of space to fill in the background. While this highlights their strengths, it also gives us the first real indication of what this band is all about. As much as it’s an influence on their sound, Yukon Blonde don’t deal in the warbly old cowboy folk business. No, leave that to the grey-haired country fellers that your grandpappy listened to. This is folk rock cut for the kids.

This is best exemplified in the real selling point of the band; the vocals. Lead vocalist Jeff Innes puts in an excellent performance, harnessing a quality more clean-cut everyman than your typical husky-voiced folk rock vagabond. When it really packs a punch though is when the other two band members play their parts, adding falsetto layers and group yelps behind the smooth quality of Innes’ voice. The harmonies are plentiful and each as great as the other. “I would do anything you would do”, they sing on “Babies Don’t Like Blue Anymore” and as much as it is unashamedly Abbey Road-era Beatles, it’s heartfelt too.

Though much of the album feels decidedly old fashioned with that aforementioned current flair, the highlight of the album might come in a song that's remarkably more reminiscent of the far more contemporary Fleet Foxes. “Wind Blows” is easily the catchiest tune of the lot, with its vocal-arpeggio chorus resonating far beyond the songs four-minute playtime. It does emphasise that point again though; Yukon Blonde sound far more modern than the genre may suggest (David Crosby must be well into denture years) and though that may sound a bit obvious, as this wasn’t recorded in the 60s, there’s an edge to their music that gives them a little bit more oomph than the big genre names. Not to mention, Yukon Blonde are defiantly more electric than most of their influences and many of the songs showcase welcomed flourishes of bright guitar twiddling, like during the unexpected ending of “Trivial Fire” or the modest solo in “Brides Song”. Folk rock, right?

It’s not anything you haven’t heard before but you get the sense that’s the point. So carve another notch into the folk-revival(-revival) belt. Yukon Blonde do what they do and they do it well, all of their clearly evident, easily identified, and at times far too obvious influences aside.



Recent reviews by this author
Unknown Mortal Orchestra IIBeirut The Rip Tide
Alex Turner Submarine OSTClive Tanaka y Su Orquesta Jet Set Siempre No. 1
Robyn Body TalkThe Concretes WYWH
user ratings (19)
Chart.
3.6
great
other reviews of this album
For Meatplow (2)
The uninteresting tales of a band trying to find their footing in a field where everyone else alread...

Caleb McAlpine (2.5)
Lacking both bark and bite, Yukon Blonde make up for their deficiencies by being painfully inoffensi...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Ponton
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5775 Comments


I think Waior wanted this. Good review, Kiran. I should have waited ten minutes ;)

Digging: Mimicking Birds - Mimicking Birds

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

did he? sorry! this was more of an on-a-whim review while i wrapped my head around another one i'm working on than anything i actually put thought into. just sorta bashed it out. his will probably be better anyway. all i know about this band is that theyre canadian (i think).

Waior
February 8th 2010



11421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you lie to yourself kirg! you lie to yourself!

123 to the post observer is about to make

Ponton
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5775 Comments


In that case, I wish I could just bash reviews out like this. It reads fine.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

post yours anyway waior you big ninny

and thank you observer, though at the rate you post them, i think you can whip them up just fine!

Ponton
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5775 Comments


Thanks, though I'm trying to get only things that people don't call for now on as I accidentally took Knott's call on the Album Leaf.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

to be honest, i'd say feel free to review whatever you like, i think the dibs thing is just between staff and to a lesser, unwritten extent between contribs in the forum thread. particularly do so if you think you can provide a different viewpoint/rating/ideas.

Ponton
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5775 Comments


Yeah, I just felt bad because he decided to scrap his. There is one release in the future that I do plan to cover even if a staff calls it though.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i think most people expect multiple reviews for big releases anyway, its pretty much the norm. personally, i go out of my way to steal waiors reviews.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010



10018 Comments


not a new development

recommended by reviewers PLEASE this sounds mildly intriguing to a man of my americana (canadiana?) bent

Digging: Woods - With Light And With Love

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thats the only CSYN ive listened to in full so apologies for my lack of knowledge in this department

i think you'd like this rudy. maybe.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010



10018 Comments


your snide remark is unappreciated, the first paragraph mentions fleet foxes so i'm going to go with that

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

http://hypem.com/#/track/1029897/Yukon+Blonde+-+Wind+Blows

AggravatedYeti
February 8th 2010



7684 Comments


personally I think your namedropping described them just fine.

also I do that all the time.

nice shizzz here by the way.

klap
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010



10018 Comments


yeti is just saying that to make me look bad, snowmen know nothing

AggravatedYeti
February 8th 2010



7684 Comments


snowmen know nothing


see, there you go, bringing race into this again.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the nerve of him

Waior
February 8th 2010



11421 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wind blows can you hear the wind blowwww

AggravatedYeti
February 8th 2010



7684 Comments


and, btw asshat, it's Mountainous Aboriginal.

imbibe my liquefied fecal matter.

k Rudy? tyvm byyyye.

Kiran
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5993 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

2.5 waior? colour me shocked

i thought you would enjoy this



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2013 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy