By MICHAEL ANDERSON
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Better than: Going deaf at home.
This band is having an identity crisis.
Yuck released one of the most acclaimed rock records in recent memory, but just two years after landing on best-of lists from Spin, Pitchfork and the New York Times, frontman and lead vocalist Daniel Blumberg left the band. It's a move that's hard to recover from. Bands lose members all the time — Interpol lost bassist Carlos D, Smashing Pumpkins lost basically everybody — and while you might notice the absence of those members' signature styles, no departure is quite as damning as that of the lead vocalist and frontman. He or she, with all the photoshoots — not to mention the irreplaceable voice — becomes the band's identity.
So, Yuck in 2013 isn't the same as Yuck in 2011. Obviously, Max Bloom's croon isn't the same as Daniel Blumberg's screech. These days, the arrangements also have more space. Songs like “Somewhere” envelop you and ask you to breathe in; they don't knock you over and ask you to fight back, like “The Wall.”