A little late to the party, but here I go.
Yeasayer is one of those bands I only know by name, not by music. But the band's name is great, so that should be enough to check them out. The band name is also misleading, as it reminds me of grumpy old, sea shanty singers, but that isn't what we get here. This is neo-psychedelic pop that invites a lot of comparisons to Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear. Especially the latter is strong here, but this is more unabashedly pop. In fact, even if we take into account old psychedelic rock from the sixties, this is the most straightforward music the genre has too offer. The frills, bills, whistles and special effects that tend to populate this genre really take a backseat here. No matter the lyrics, this feels like good-time music overall.
The consensus that the first half of the album is better than the second is fair, although I didn't think it was all that bad. Besides the second half contains the seemingly divisive Rome, easily my favorite song here. Oddly, supposed stand-out O.N.E. wouldn't make the my top 5 of the album. All four tracks that come before crush it.
This is a solid album with enough going for it to make it stand on it's own. I can't judge it as a follow-up to All Hour Cymbals, which is better regarded, as I haven't heard that one. On it's own, this is good fun, if not an album I probably will return to for years to come.
I usually find rating albums based on two spins difficult, but I also think it fits this series, so here goes: