Yuck
Yuck


3.5
great

Review

by CaptainSpacker USER (2 Reviews)
July 25th, 2011 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


Yuck are a relatively new band with a decidedly retro feel, borrowing heavily from this genre of music. Formed from the remains of Cajun Dance Party the line-up reads like a dream team of slacker geek chic; with a handsome apathetic lead, a drummer with an unkempt afro and a solemn Asian chic on bass.

The guitars are unbelievably distorted; the whole album can be put as an example of how to abuse the effects pedal. The lyrics whine and moan; Daniel’s (lead vocals) are delivered with a longing and mope and can make clunky lyrics like “Tryna make it through the wall, You can see me if you're tall” work well. On songs like “Georgia” the band nail the dreamy trade-off between male and female vocals, blurring into one beautiful mess. The tone embraces the scope of alternative, opening tracks “Get Away” & “The Wall” are rocked to an inch of their lives while “Sunday” and “Suicide Policeman” make for wonderful ballads with great heart. “Suck” wistfully odes to intimate love and has real heart, bemoaning “being young and free”. It has a shy quality too, changing subject to fire brigades when the intimate confessions become a bit too much. Finally “Rubber” is a kickass distorted epic, stretching an instrumental for 7 minutes and bubbling quietly to a satisfying payoff. Technically it has lyrics but in the same way My Bloody Valentine they intertwine in the back ground, effectively being just another instrument. For all the gloom the album has peaks of happiness and heart, the aforementioned “Suck” and “Suicide Policeman” make a comforting change, the latter being a very adolescent and dramatic way of saying “I’m here for you”.

The album surpasses its older brothers in a number of ways though. Firstly it sounds very good and the mix is clear. Older albums can sound absolutely terrible, The layer of polish throughout really helps the other elements shine clearly. Another advantage Yuck have over their seniors, like say Dinosaur Jnr., is that they don’t vilanise anyone or change to malice. The album never really turns violent and the anger is more frustration against everything instead of anything in particular. This makes them more affable and likeable. While the lyrics might make a few eyes role their charm and innocence and sincerity makes them work better than, say, Sonic Youth’s sometimes pompous, self-importance. Finally the songs are far catchier, in the sea of bubbling sound it can be hard initially to pick anything out and hold onto it, but the characters of the band have strong personality and the changing lyrics and themes give a fuzzy sound some much needed definition.
If you’ve ever liked any the bands I’ve mentioned then this will be a lovely throwback and a welcome addition. If not the songs are catchy and charming and will stick in your head for a long time.


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Eclecticist
July 25th 2011


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome record!

Pyosisified
July 25th 2011


2450 Comments


the summary is so wrong

"I have a copy of “Psychocandy” by The Jesus and Mary Chain that is a fantastic record but just sounds awful through anything."

the production on that album is awesome



Inveigh
July 25th 2011


25116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so, what you're trying to say is Yuck are better than Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth or My Bloody Valentine...

can't say I agree

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Inveigh
July 25th 2011


25116 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well i mean we all know The Sword is better than Sabbath so...

Pyosisified
July 25th 2011


2450 Comments


thats enough

randle
July 25th 2011


56 Comments


this is wank compared to the greats

Pyosisified
July 25th 2011


2450 Comments


this is great

randle
July 25th 2011


56 Comments


great but not a great

Pyosisified
July 25th 2011


2450 Comments


being a great was never their goal

randle
July 25th 2011


56 Comments


i like where i ever said that

Pyosisified
July 25th 2011


2450 Comments


you didnt

randle
July 25th 2011


56 Comments


i did

Romulus
July 25th 2011


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

how can this be a textbook shoegazing record if it's not even a shoegazing record

porch
July 25th 2011


8460 Comments


that's the genius of it

omnipanzer
July 25th 2011


21646 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"When people think of alternative, they jump straight to the 90’s and point out the Grunge monsters and Beck."

I don't js.

Despite a plethora of statements I don't agree with I think the review is well written for a first. I personally think this album is a failed attempt at what you feel it succeeded at. I'll give you a pos but you should tune down the speculation imo.

randle
July 25th 2011


56 Comments


we're all shoegazers

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2011


23973 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules, probably not a 4.5 anymore I'll listen tonight and decide if ill re rate it

pretty bad review by the way and really inaccurate in lots of places. For one this isn't a shoegaze
album. Like, at all.

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