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Elsinore

Yes Yes Yes

(Parasol; US: 10 Aug 2010; UK: Import)

The second album from Champaign, Illinois’ Elsinore, Yes Yes Yes is solid, thoughtful, dynamic indie rock. The chugging “Chemicals” is the best summation of the album. It’s perfectly Strokes-like until it reaches a big, anthemic middle-eight. Elsewhere, Elsinore make similar twists and turns, mixing orchestral, XTC-inspired pop with ethereal balladry and lavish production. It’s quite impressive and enjoyable, but the overall effect is hampered a bit by the band’s, and especially singer Ryan Groff’s, tendency to sound like Bends/OK Computer-era Radiohead. So, these are sounds you’ve heard before, but they’re still rather inviting.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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