Blazing Saddles gets some more loving from moi.
Loved this album to death, it was extremely difficult to vote for one favorite, I'm not even sure if I voted for the right song. Tied Up, Of Course I'm Lying, 3rd of June, Blazing Saddles, The Race, Otto di Catana. . . aaargh!!
Also, I LOVE how powerful the songs are. Yello definitely did not spare the bass and detail sounds on Flag. To name a few examples; my headphones have the hardest time coping with the part when we hear the race car drive behind us at the start of The Race, and the drums in 3rd of June sound so powerful and bassy, not to mention Dieter's voice in the rappinh bits of that same song. This is just the tip of the iceberg, every single song has powerful instruments with some highlight bits.
Two things that give me mixed feelings though:
* Tied Up and The Race sound directionless. I admit I haven't listened much to Flag so far, but I do feel like these two songs in particular lack direction; it is like they are assembled from random bits of music. There is no clear line drawn between verses and choruses, to put it differently. But that isn't necesarily negative, it is still a joy to listen to these songs, I guess I'm just weird.
* I bought the remastered version so I can't confirm this, but I get the feeling Tied Up on the remaster is some kind of a remix. At least it doesn't sound anything like the version on Youtube, On a side note I think the version uploaded on Youtube has a much clearer direction than the version on the album. If someone who owns both versions of Flag can shed some light it would be great.
Anyway, all in all a FANTASTIC album, it is definitely one of, if not my favorite album by Yello. (so far at least, I have 5 more to listen to)