- Fragrant World

Yeasayer - Fragrant World
CRITIC SCORE
67
Based on 28 reviews
2012 Rank: #567 / 860
USER SCORE
72
Based on
38 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Under The Radar

The songs throughout Fragrant World are arrestingly forward-thinking without shying away from invoking music's rich pageantry.

80
The 405

Although it does eventually get going, Fragrant World seems to take quite a while before you get to the gooey caramel centre

80
Drowned in Sound

This is a record of adventure and texture, an attempt, musically, to conjure up a future we may never actually have. 

78
Paste

Fragrant World is a sexy, infectious compilation of conventional musical tropes, filtered through Yeasayer’s dark kaleidoscope.

71
Beats Per Minute

Fragrant World finds Yeasayer confidently trimming the hedges and tweaking their sonic parameters, with modest success.

70
musicOMH

It’s no stinker, more a transition, a typical third LP that just doesn’t catch light enough. 

67
A.V. Club

Fragrant World’s lack of fun songs gives the band nowhere to play

60
Consequence of Sound

The grooves and the sonic wizardry work, but Fragrant World doesn’t have half of the intensity, innovation, or memorable hooks of the group’s two prior LPs.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Despite giving themselves over to a completely pointless ideal, Yeasayer soar with sublime choruses that are everything that pop has been trying to realize

60
NME

Instead of an album hurtling 100mph in one of those directions, ‘Fragrant World’ feels like the work of a band with stabilisers on. 

60
No Ripcord

As a listening experience it's not spectacular, furious or even that odd, just reassuringly reliable, although the ingredients are starting to smell a bit off.     

54
Pitchfork

Unlike the erratic, occasionally captivating, and always bold Odd Blood, Fragrant World rests in a tentative middle ground. 

50
FACT Magazine

In the end, much of Fragrant Blood seems significantly less exotic than their bygone pop tunes.

50
Pretty Much Amazing

If we could compare albums and chairs for a moment, it seems that this album is more cheap plastic and shiny veneer than it is a relic of tattered wood.

40
Spin

It is to Yeasayer's great credit that they continually manage to make fresh, unfamiliar music that sounds terrible. 

User Reviews
May 25, 2014
Eldaufino
81
Standout tracks: Fingers Never Bleed, Longevity, Reagan's Skeleton
Oct 24, 2012
JustinSlick
69
Man, I've been a big fan of Yeasayer and still listen to both their first two albums, but this was an unfortunate miss for me.
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DETAILS

August 21, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Secretly Canadian / Label
Experimental / Genres
www.yeasayer.net / Website
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 38 - Clash
# 15 - Under the Radar
MISC LISTS
# 47 - Drowned in Sound
Track List
  1. Fingers Never Bleed 
  2. Longevity 
  3. Blue Paper 
  4. Henrietta 
  5. Devil and the Deed 
  6. No Bones 
  7. Reagan’s Skeleton 
  8. Demon Road 
  9. Damaged Goods 
  10. Folk Hero Shtick 
  11. Glass of the Microscope
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Added on: May 22, 2012


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