Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin / Let It Sway

Let It SwaySomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (SSLYBY) is an indie pop band from Springfield, Missouri. Their first full-length album Broom, independently released in 2005, received good reviews from Spin Magazine and they are now signed with Polyvinyl Record Co.. The band’s name refers to Boris Yeltsin, the first President of Russia (1990–1999).

Let It Sway is the third full length studio album from indie pop/rock band Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. It was released through Polyvinyl Records on August 17, 2010.

The Analysis:

Back In The Saddle—-Beginning with an almost trademark Indie Pop style guitar, the vocal soon follows with a remarkable breezy delivery that made me smile from the start! When the song finally open up and the sound becomes more electric and beefier, the vocal follows suit. this turns into a nice Stadium sized rocker that will play very well live and on college Radio. This is a huge, fantastic song…I’m hooked!

Sink/Let It Sway—-from the very first time I heard this song, I knew that this was the one for me from this release. This is immaculate Indie Pop delivered in a way that is remarkably accessible but still complicated and layered. The harmonies on this track are damn perfect…not sure if this is over dubbed or actual…at any rate it is spot on. This is perfectly perfect!

Banned [By The Man]—-This is another really stellar track. The vocal begins almost with the guitar and they play together in perfect tandem. This is a HUGE freakin’ song…this was built for huge arena shows and crowd frenzy…this band knows where it is going. This is perhaps without fail…I remain so impressed.

In Pairs—-Beginning a bit odd, that little voice in my head started to doubt the majesty of the band…for just a moment. This track is just eccentric enough to keep the band Indie and just accessible enough to garner new listeners…this is a machine at work. When that guitar really kicks in, you won’t be able to sit down and ignore it! Guaranteed!!!

My Terrible Personality—-This song melds almost magically from the previous with a more amplified guitar sound and a pure, unadulterated Indie sound. This guitar pick-up in perfect tandem with the guitar is magnificent..this could be our new Arcade Fire!!! The vocal is exquisite…delivered with a melody that will stick in your head for freakin’ days…..damn I love this!!!!

Everlyn—-From the onset, this has a nice progressive drum sound that lets you know you are in for yet another treat. When the guitars and the vocal enters, the melody is literally addictive. the sound if the song…although large is so damn pleasant. This is pure perfection…with nice throwbacks to the 50’s…that male melodic lead…the uptempo of the 00’s…with the guitar and drums…it all smashes together to create this…perfect on this night.

Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro—-Beginning very soft and introspective, the expressive guitar sets the tone for the song. The mood is wonderfully deepened by the intro of a piano and a vocal that is overlayed or sung in the best CSN harmonies I have ever heard. This is beautiful and delivered with the mood to make you feel as the song would dictate…this is just magical!

All Hail Dracula!—-Merging magically and effortlessly from the previous song, this manages to take you in a totally different direction in a matter of seconds….WOW. This is a nice surf, beach pop song that makes me drop my jaw in awe at the vocal harmonies…and the gentle surf pop. This is just wonderful…..this band should be HUGE!

Critical Drain—-This is nice…..delivered in an aggressive manner, the guitars are literally sparkling! This is followed up with a drum track that literally leads the pace of the song…the vocal enters and is like a magical topping on top of everything else. This is beautiful…pained and full of the most descriptive lyrics you could imagine…this is magic!!

Animalkind—-Socially aware and making Damn Good music at the same time….can America ask for anything more? And delivered in an accessible manner that even your kid sibling can listen to. This is fantastic…the harmonies are just magic…and the laid back instrumentation is so pleasant…it would not possibly get on anyone’s nerves. This is just……!!!!

Phantomwise—-More aggressive musically from the onset, the drum track on this song is much heavier from the beginning and remains through the entire song. the vocal has a nice emotional quality to it…going from a quiet reflection to a much louder statement. This is pretty fantastic….I have not enough good words and  no negative words to add.

Made To Last—-From the beginning of this track, I thought of Big Country…..the guitar moves a bit to the backdrop as the song develops though. The vocal is full of vivid lyrics and an emotional delivery that helps you along with every word that is being delivered. This is another really large song….this band COULD really be huge…I’m just say in’.

***** out of 5 [!!!!!]


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