The Hype Machine declared New York art-rockers Yeasayer the most blogged about band in 2010, which in this digital age perhaps seems like a greater accolade than actually selling the most records. But this seems surprising: Were more people really talking about Yeasayer on the internet last year than any other band? After a striking debut with 2007's All Hour Cymbals, the group released a mostly unpleasant-sounding follow-up with Odd Blood in February of 2010. That record had high expectations and a strong lead single in the form of "Ambling Alp," but then turned out to be a day-glo mush of headachy digital sounds, occasionally gelling into appealing retro-'80s pop alchemy, as on "O.N.E." and "Madder Red." This is Yeasayer's final push before retreating into the studio for album number three, and it's likely they'll preview some new songs; whether the third album will be as good as the first is anyone's guess. At the very least, the band has proven that they're worth talking about. NED LANNAMANN
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