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Fragrant World

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August 21, 2012

Brooklyn's Yeasayer are just as experimentally world-hugging as homeys like Animal Collective and Dirty Projectors, but they're also dedicated to pop grandeur on its own terms. Each Yeasayer record has been hookier than the last: Their 2007 debut was globetrotting freak rock; 2010's Odd Blood added hyped-up Eighties sheen. LP Three is a forlorn R&B fiesta, from the wry LCD Soundsystem disco of "Reagan's Skeleton" to "Henrietta," in which Chris Keating croons over a black caldron of keyboard burble. At times, you're sure they've nicked a melody from some neon-dream MTV hit you can't quite place. Then you realize they're reinventing that dream right now.

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