YYYs sound best on slower jams. There’s something striking about Karen O’s voice, or lack of a strong one, that works best when the tempo is drawn out. She sounds vulnerable, and honest, which makes the songs like “Soft Shock” but especially “Maps” completely breathtaking.
Is there a more decade-defining slow jam than “Maps”? It is the most unlike the group’s core material and yet it speaks to the listener immediately and without pretensions. You understand exactly what O sings and it is precisely her voice, the apparent vulnerability, which speaks to a generational yearning not yet explicitly articulated.
Let me tell you from experience…it is WAY more fun watching it on TV. Unless you’re gonna get there 6 hours early and wait, all you’re gonna be doing is standing around a gigantic crowd and being pushed, swung at, and possibly trampled by a horse, all while confetti fills the air and screaming occurs.