Some people are just innately cool.
Karen O, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is one of those people. But despite her blunt bangs and futuristic shoulder pads, she’s still one of the girls...who’s insecure about boys.
And her new solo album, Crush Songs, proves it.
Here’s what it is: Fifteen super-short tracks she recorded in her late 20s. (She’s now 35.)
Here’s what it’s not: The typical, fully mastered studio jams you’re used to. (Instead, expect a single ukulele and echoey vocals.)
Because the New Yorker originally intended for these tunes to be private (just to get some confusing feelings off her chest), the overall effect is simple, raw and real--but genuinely fantastic.
Take “Rapt,” a sweet melody that floats along dreamily. One minute you’re recalling your very own twentysomething crushes; the next you’re hit with “Love’s a f*cking b*tch.”