Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Cool It Down


3.5
great

Review

by fog CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
October 5th, 2022 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heads will sway

What was I expecting from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs after 9 years? An attempt to return to the garage warrior, water mist spitting Karen O of 2003? The disco sheen of the It's Blitz! era? Or maybe putting Mosquito back in the oven to see if it emerges smelling of bread and fully formed ideas?

We're getting maturity, and a bit of a look through the memory shoebox. The Yeahs have never sounded as relaxed as they do here. Honestly, the slouchy grandeur of topical opener 'Spitting at the edge of the world' sounds all the world like 'Gold lion' repurposed as a celebratory doomsday message delivered from a litter. There's almost a stately pleasure in describing the impending comeuppance for all guilty parties, with only guest Michael Hadreas (better known as Perfume Genius) representing the fear of the listener. It's a standout opener, and sets up 'Lovebomb' beautifully, with its similarly slow motion atmosphere. The song sounds like some post-war monument, all angled concrete pillars with blades of light between them as you wander below the V-shaped arches. Despite Karen O opining on 2003's Fever to tell that there's no modern romance, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs certainly make a convincing case for resurrecting it with their glittery sensitivity. Few bands from the garage rock scene handle almost-ballads with such dignity, and that knack is still evident.

The middle stretch of the record is dominated by tracks for the feet, with 'Wolf' doubling down on the 80's influences of It's Blitz! by way of massive synth, and 'Fleez' directly referencing a great night out at an ESG gig. Both contain little nods to where they are in the world right now - Karen singing she's "lost her taste for hell" after attaining contentment. One song later though, she's happy to roll the dice - in moderation. 'Burning' concludes the run and reminds me of glossed up 'Sacrilege' with strings dialed up to urgent. None of these tracks are bad in the slightest, but I feel like while the openers benefit from the band's new perspective, these seem just one notch shy of previous heights.

'Blacktop' returns to that space of a massive, comforting beat. Karen O sounds like she's fallen backward on a bed after kicking her shoes off, exhausted from a night drive on winding roads. It's absolutely beautiful, with only a subtle kick and a sprinkling of fairy dust at the end to levitate and spin that bed ever so slightly.

The final run of the record is perhaps where the newfound perspective leads to a flatline. The spoken word finale and furniture store floor music of 'Different today' would be where I nip out early at a show to beat the crowds going home.

However, as far as a long hiatus comeback goes, Cool it down is better than I could have hoped. There are some genuinely great songs here, and the band seems unflustered by expectation - their persona has always been a total absence of self-consciousness, and I am happy to report that it's intact.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
fogza
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2022


9929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First review in a long while, oh my lord I feel so guilty after getting contrib and not contribbing, but life has been very crazy for a few months.

Vercetti
October 5th 2022


777 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review. Very well written

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2022


26337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Bangers 4 dayz

DadKungFu
Staff Reviewer
October 5th 2022


5025 Comments


V nice review

fogza
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2022


9929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice, thanks everyone. I definitely like the slower ones (spitting, lovebomb, blacktop) best, and fleez is my fave of the dancier ones

juiceviaorange
October 5th 2022


1055 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very much enjoyed this album. A little on the short end, but really glad to have them back.

TooLateToGoBack
October 6th 2022


2106 Comments


Great comeback album and damn if Wolf ain't one of the best tracks I've heard this year.

Minortimbo12
October 6th 2022


1594 Comments


This band reminds me of Jimmy Eat World

neekafat
Staff Reviewer
October 6th 2022


26337 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

What

JohnZapp
October 6th 2022


165 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fleez is such a banger

Minortimbo12
October 6th 2022


1594 Comments


Its true neekafat

brainmelter
Contributing Reviewer
October 6th 2022


8366 Comments


seeing these fukcers tonight but im really going for japanese breakfast

fogza
Contributing Reviewer
October 7th 2022


9929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice lineup



What [3]

Minortimbo12
October 7th 2022


1594 Comments


:-

AmericanFlagAsh
October 12th 2022


13416 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wolf rules

JohnZapp
October 13th 2022


165 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Different Today and Fleez are the ones I keep going back to (besides the singles). Idk why Wolf isn't doing it for me, have to give a couple more tries I guess

Artax36
October 20th 2022


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First song reminds me a lot of something, can't put my finger on it though... Maybe a Coldplay song?

Artax36
October 21st 2022


119 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their weakest album for me, but still good.

Blitz > Fever = Show > Mosquito > Cool

fogza
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2022


9929 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Mine goes Blitz > Fever > Show = Cool >>> Mosquito

widowslaugh123
March 7th 2023


4084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man burning slaps so hard



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