Illinois indie-rockers crank up the ambition and the tunes on this impressive sophomore effort.
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.