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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Unveil Eye-Popping Cover for "It's Blitz!" Single "Zero"

February 12, 2009 2:06 PM ET

There it is: the eye-catching (apologies) cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' first single from It's Blitz!, "Zero." Does it make you feel squeamish? Kind of dirty? Yeah, that's about right in the band's wheelhouse. You can read all about the New York trio's adventures on a Texas pecan orchard where they recorded most of the April 14th disc in the current issue of Rolling Stone, but we can tell you this: "Zero" is a synth-charged dance-floor album that Karen O says will definitely inspire spontaneous dancing. As the frontwoman told RS, It's Blitz! is about "Less angst and more positivity, man!"

It's Blitz!, the follow-up to 2006's Show Your Bones, was produced by Nick Launay (who you'll recall from the band's 2007 EP Is Is) and TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek. A few other TVOTR folks cameo on the album, too: Tunde Adebimpe sings, Kyp Malone contributes tambourine (it must be some pretty bangin' tambourine) and Stuart Bogie adds saxophone to "Dragon Queen." Other guests include cellist Jane Scarpantoni, famous for her work with 10,000 Maniacs, R.E.M., and a little-known guy from New Jersey named Bruce Springsteen.

Track list, thanks to Spin is below. And get a load of the album's egg-smashing cover art over at Pitchfork.

1. "Zero" (4:25/ Eric Biondo - trumpet, Stuart Bogie - saxophone)
2. "Heads Will Roll" (3:41)
3. "Soft Shock" (3:53)
4. "Skeletons" (5:02)
5. "Dull Life" (4:08)
6. "Shame and Fortune" (3:31)
7. "Runaway" (5:13 / Jane Scarpantoni - cello, Greg Kurstin - piano)
8. "Dragon Queen" (4:02 / Tunde Adebimpe - vocals, Stuart Bogie - saxophone, Kyp Malone - tambourine)
9. "Hysteric" (3:50 / Eric Biondo - trumpet, Stuart Bogie - saxophone)
10. "Little Shadow" (3:57/ Imaad Wasif - guitar)

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