Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Top 100 Songs of 2011 -- #12: "Get Away" -- Yuck

Dear Yuck: You're about 20 years late, but seriously, thanks for coming out anyway.

The young Londoners released their self-titled debut in February, and were immediately compared to the likes of Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and more. And it's easy to see why -- beside the catchy guitar licks, the distortion here is astounding -- especially on "Get Away," my personal favorite from the album.

It's as though the band wanted to sound as authentic as possible -- and if that's the case, it worked. The sound of music is steeped in '90s grunge, so much so that it sounds as though the song could have been released in 1991 rather than 2011.

The fuzzed-out tune also features one of the biggest earworm choruses of the year, one that rises over Mascis-esque guitar that squeals beneath vocalist Daniel Blumberg.

As far as retro goes (what?! we're actually calling the '90s retro now?!), this one took the cake this year. Welcome back, grunge. We missed you.

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