Yello – You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess

You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess was Yello‘s third album, released this week in 1983, but it was also the release that saw them start to break the charts for the first time in the UK, USA, and their native Switzerland.

The primary single I Love You was actually the second release from this album, released shortly after the album came out in May 1983. Their first UK hit single (almost – it just missed out on a top 40 placing), it’s a fun, daft track, which fades out much too quickly on the album.

Next is the other big hit, Lost Again, which is truly brilliant. Possibly for the first time in Yello‘s career, they seem to have put most of the silliness to one side and concentrated on just making a great song, and it comes across amazingly – it’s big, atmospheric, and filmic, and really deserves to be known by everyone.

In a way that’s really all they needed to do with this album, and they seem to have been very aware of this – No More Words is fine, but it’s a bit of a daft semi-instrumental piece with vocal samples dotted throughout. Then nothing else on Side A even breaks the three-minute mark – Crash DanceGreat Mission, and the title track all follow, each a bit silly in its own way. You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess was also the first single, released the preceding year and hinting at their future success. It’s fun, and you might enjoy the samples and funny voices, but honestly there’s really nothing particularly special here.

Side B brings us the swing delights of Swing and then dull but pleasant Heavy WhispersSmile on You, and Pumping Velvet. You’ll probably find your mind drifting a bit somewhere during these tracks. The first two tracks on Side A were great, but nothing else here is really too outstanding. Closing track Salut Mayoumba is pleasant, as many of the earlier tracks were too, but is it really the sort of thing you want to close your album with?

So there isn’t really a lot we can say here. You Gotta Say Yes to Another Excess was Yello‘s breakthrough album, but apart from some great singles, it’s generally nothing special. This is really where their history began, and it showed promise that subsequent albums would fulfill, but there’s really not a lot on here to write home about.

As with all of their early material, the essential release is the 2005 reissue with bonus tracks, which is still available.

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