Tag: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
In 2009 on It’s Blitz!, NYC’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs hit listeners with a shocking revelation. They’d made a dance/pop record. It was still a dark-themed and trash-tinged recording with Karen O’s confident, nasal warbling out front, so it was still a YYY album. But the abrupt change couldn’t have been predicted.
On paper, Karen O’s Stop The Virgens seems like a no-brainer: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ charismatic and fashion-forward front-woman, themes of youth and sexuality, theatrical design (including costumes by long-time YYY collaborator Christian Joy) – all packaged up and presented in the Opera Theatre. But for me, the reality never quite managed to be more than the sum of its parts and, despite moments of brilliance, never quite felt like a cohesive whole or built the kind of emotional and even ecstatic momentum that one might expect from a concert or an opera. This is partly because of the format – a series of tableaux, without a strong connecting narrative – and partly because of the execution, which left gaps a little too long between each scene/song: a cloak that takes too much time to fasten while nothing else is happening, or a pause while the stage is reset for the next scene. These things are not problems in themselves, but in combination, they make for a strangely disjointed evening.