We’ve already established the fact that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs tried something different with It’s Blitz! and it worked (way beyond my expectations, actually). Karen O recently took a victory lap around the block in the “Zero” video, but a Deluxe Edition acoustic version of “Hysteric” finds her in a quieter, more contemplative mode, transforming one of Blitz!‘s most affecting (and downcast triumphant) late-night dance floor numbers into a gorgeous little ballad. Before you get too somber, though, there are also a couple new club-ready songs, too: “Faces” and “Clap Song.” The latter indeed includes lots of clapping. The former is maybe YYY’s most pop radio (or Tom Tom Club?) moment to date. Like It’s Blitz! proper, they’re unlikely successes.
It’s Blitz! is now out via Interscope. The Deluxe Edition also includes acoustic versions of “Soft Shock,” “Skeletons,” and “Little Shadow.”