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Strictly Albums Of The Year: Yuck

Released 15th February 2011 on Fat Possum Records.

Chart Performance:  Yuck achieved surprising success given relatively little pre-release hype reaching no.62 in the UK charts and even popping up at no.6 on the US Heat Chart.

What The Critics Said: Yuck channel their college-rock jones with skill and charm, balancing in-the-red guitar fuzz with melodic sweetness.” Rolling Stone 

Yuck are a London based indie band partly formed of ex-members of Cajun Dance Party, who are heavily influenced by Dinosaur Jr.

Their debut album was released in February of this year and proved to be a fantastic piece of indie rock, taking the nostalgia of their influences and bringing that into the 21st Century. Sure the guitar sounds screams Dinosaur Jr.  and Sonic Youth, but they bring a very encouraging aura of uniqueness to their music that has been unmatched by any of the emerging indie talent currently on offer.

The revival of the 90’s is very obvious in the self-titled album, but bringing all the best pieces of bands such as Pavement, Teenage Fanclub, and the two aforementioned bands Dinosaur. Jr,  and Sonic Youth, has allowed a completely new sound to emerge from the band, especially seen towards the tail end of the album.

Opening with ‘Get Away’, this gives a fair impression of what Yuck are all about, with fuzzed guitar and lo-fi vocals, the album sticks to what it knows with the likes of ‘Holing Out’, and ‘Georgia’, without forgetting to bring in the acoustic pleasures of the likes of ‘Suicide Poiceman’. As a whole, the album is a fantastic piece of 90’s nostalgia (that luckily sounds nothing like the Spice Girls) and never fails to impress. Almost effortlessly cool, but perfectly so. Kyle Prangnell

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