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Cool It Down

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Cool It Down

Fifth studio album from New York's dance-rock three-piece and first in nine years produced by Dave Sitek (Liars, Foals, Little Dragon)

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Everything that made YYYs great is here, in spades, but with the brightness turned up
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  2. 10.0 |   DIY

    It turns out Yeah Yeah Yeahs 2.0 is exactly what 2022 needs
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  3. 9.0 |   Gigwise

    Their most mature and powerful album to date
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  4. 8.8 |   Beats Per Minute

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs aren’t one of those bands though and return in 2022 with one of their boldest statements yet — Cool It Down has everything one would need in a rock record in this day and age, and it’s the most complete version of the band we’ve ever received
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  5. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    There’s a fire in the belly of the band, despite the overall slower songs and tempered approach. The songs are focused; none feel bloated or derivative even when they lean on the past
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  6. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Cool It Down may be only eight tracks long but there’s so much to admire that you certainly don’t feel short-changed, in fact, it reinforces just how much they have been missed. It’s great to have them back and in such sparkling form
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  7. 8.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Karen O and band dance against doomsday on their first new record in nine years
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  8. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    New York City trio’s first album in nine years brings stylistic change but they still sound magnificent
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  9. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Karen O is more incisive than ever on the band’s first album since 2013, which fluctuates between burning intensity and awestruck love
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Far from an indie sleaze revival, the New Yorkers’ first album in nine years proves they’re still a must-hear act
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Space and darkness area constant among these eight tight songs, but there’s also plenty of punch. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Even though it's only eight tracks long - a rare example of the band having some chill - their fifth album feel like it's operating on a cosmic scale. Print edition only

  13. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The post-punk trio call on vintage NYC sounds and their own fierce resolve on their first album in nine years
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    On their first album in nearly a decade, the New York City band focus on a new imaginative future
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  15. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    Whether it’s low-key or smack-bang-in-yer-face, there’s a grandiose feeling to ‘Cool It Down’. Yeah Yeah Yeahs have managed to produce an album that grasps your attention no matter the volume
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  16. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    It’s a formidable statement of purpose, one that sounds unmistakably contemporary without ever veering into flavor-of-the-month pandering. In fact, the band sounds more comfortable in themselves than ever
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  17. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    This album doesn’t feel dated or nostalgic; instead, it comes across a band who know their lane and are speeding down it, pedal to the floor
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  18. 8.0 |   Clash

    An excellent return – if all too short
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  19. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    The trio’s first album in nine years ushers in a patient new era for the band, gracefully shedding the electrifying hunger of its early days to make room for tempered joy
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  20. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Cool It Down is not only timely but a necessary album in evaluating the feelings of the present and looking ahead towards an uncertain future
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    There's rebirth in the swirl of destruction, but these days the Yeah Yeah Yeahs seem more interested in the stories that start after the cataclysm, where purple fireweed bursts from scorched hillsides and glass shards are rounded by the tides
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  22. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Cool It Down’ came largely out of the pandemic strain, but rather than lingering on life’s big pause, it ends it, always and fully in motion
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  23. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    New York art-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs return with hints of what makes them so formidable, but it feels like there's something missing
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  24. 6.0 |   The Independent

    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new album lacks their original urgency, while Plastic Mermaids prove they’re evolving with ‘It’s Not Comfortable To Grow’
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