Yukon Blonde
Yukon Blonde


2.5
average

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
February 8th, 2010 | 9 replies | 6,203 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Lacking both bark and bite, Yukon Blonde make up for their deficiencies by being painfully inoffensive.

Blandness is a crippling thing. The ability to be inoffensive - a quality that Vancouver indie-trio Yukon Blonde certainly possess - can spoil a lot. It can turn eccentric people into formalistic drones, it can water down potentially impacting messages into digestible fun facts and, in this case, it made an otherwise promising indie album really quite boring. You see, the fascinating tidbit about all things inherently bland (Yukon Blonde included) is that there’s usually nothing obviously wrong with being “bland”. Quite simply, it’s not good and it’s not bad - it’s just there. Inoffensive. Harmless.

Such rings true with Yukon Blonde’s eponymous debut. The musicianship and songwriting is quite solid throughout and the band manages to satisfy the indie sweet tooth on many occasions, but for the most part, Yukon Blonde suffers from a chronic case of vapidity. Ho-hum. Take, for example, opener ‘Babies Don't Like Blue Anymore’. Within seconds, Yukon Blonde’s nostalgic sound becomes apparent - and believe me, you’ve heard it before. Unmemorable reverb soaked guitar lines? Yes. An incessant bombardment of clean cut harmonies and typically clichéd lyrics? Of course. Yukon Blonde has all those things and more - and hey, the musicianship is great; the vocals are even better. To be fair, ‘Wind Blows’ is one of the catchiest songs of 2010 so far and ‘Brides Song’, in particular, is a concoction definitely worth marveling about. The song presents the band toying with dynamic and variation on the odd occasion, and the incredibly tasteful guitar solo and smothering climax of the song’s ending are actually quite beautiful.

Memorability, however, is found too far and few between on Yukon Blonde. You won’t remember Jeff Innes’ guitar and vocals lines after closer ‘1000 Years’ pans out; you won’t remember much after Yukon Blonde runs its course. You’ll probably be able to put together a few generalizations, such as “this album sounded pretty indie” or “mmm, nostalgic”, but the content of the album won’t stick with you. An album so inoffensive and unmemorable that it becomes hard to articulate! It’s only appropriate though, isn’t it? Yukon Blonde are surely a band not trying to deliberately deviate and create something completely out of the box - and kudos to them for that. Yet, in a music scene where basically everything has already been done before - where people seem to crave new ideas more than ever before - releases like Yukon Blonde are a bit unsatisfying. Sometimes simply being “pleasant” doesn’t cut it. For your shimmering sound and overwhelming benignity, Yukon Blonde, I award you - but, in all honesty, you are pretty boring.



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Waior
February 8th 2010



11450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i am having so much difficulty writing UGH

this is tangible proof of said difficulty. also sup kirg

SeaAnemone
February 8th 2010



19955 Comments


2 ratings. 2 reviews. this album must be inspiring, at least.

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

Waior
February 8th 2010



11450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

2.5/5 really screams inspiring to me too!

haha

Ponton
Emeritus
February 8th 2010



5790 Comments


Man, average rating reviews are so hard to write, eh?

Edit: good review man, sorry you are having so much trouble btw.

Waior
February 8th 2010



11450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, I'm not really sure what the issue is... but my life is in academic overdrive for a few more months so I'm afraid I won't be able to find much time to break the writer's block any time soon.

Romulus
February 8th 2010



8423 Comments


You know sometimes I wonder if bands actually take the time to think over the assumptions we make in our reviews. Like did these guys think a bit and say "We lack bark and bite, so let's make up for it by being inoffensive!" That's nothing against your review of course just a random thought.

ohnoestehmusik
February 8th 2010



380 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Problem with being so harmless is it also comes off as unaffectionate and boring. As shit. Average is really right around where this album's rating should be.

Waior
February 8th 2010



11450 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"We lack bark and bite, so let's make up for it by being inoffensive!"


That would be a lot of self awareness!

cirq
February 11th 2010



9263 Comments


yea, not gonna get this.



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