It's Blitz!

Label
Interscope
Release date
10 Mar 2009
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
55:29

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Zero 4:26 464,205
2 Heads Will Roll 3:41 627,675
3 Soft Shock 3:53 361,649
4 Skeletons 5:02 320,594
5 Dull Life 4:09 321,728
6 Shame and Fortune 3:32 270,936
7 Runaway 5:14 331,296
8 Dragon Queen 4:02 260,991
9 Hysteric 3:50 285,683
10 Little Shadow 3:56 240,432
11 Soft Shock (acoustic) 3:25 83,177
12 Skeletons (Acoustic) 3:34 78,743
13 Hysteric (acoustic) 3:52 86,291
14 Little Shadow (acoustic) 2:53 73,389

About this album

It’s Blitz! is the third studio album by American indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, released March 9, 2009 on Interscope Records. It was originally set for release on April 13, 2009, however after being leaked to the internet on February 22, the release date was pushed forward to March 9 for the digital version and March 31 for the physical version. The rest of the world release date was on April 6, 2009. The first single “Zero” was released on February 24, 2009. The album was produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Talking Heads, PiL), along with TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album on December 2, 2009.

Recording

According to Nick Launay, one of the two producers, the recording of the album was unusual for being largely written and created in the studio at a time when record labels have cut back considerably on production budgets. The few songs the band did take along to the first sessions were later altered significantly. Launay described a typical session as follows:
“Brian would play lots of different drumbeats and we’d record it, chop it up and then make a groove loop out of it. Nick (Zinner) would then just jam to it, and we’d come up with an interesting rhythm part. Karen would listen to that and come up with a vocal melody and then suddenly everything would fall into place.”
The album sessions took place over several months in 2008, during which time there were numerous breaks “to get inspired”.

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