12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ second album further refines the band’s anarchist sound. Just as their debut album, 2003’s Fever To Tell, modified and sculpted the approach and energy of their early EPs, here the band transcend beyond their power trio schematic and explore the sonic possibilities of the recording studio in greater depth. This attention to detail never derails into the artsy shtick that you might expect from a band that’s toured with the White Stripes and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and often sounds as if they’ve been personally tutored by Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey. Instead, the extra textures and expanded dynamics mean that a song such as “Fancy” transforms into a tug of war, its throbbing keyboard notes battling singer Karen O’s quavering screams until the band retreats to near silence, or that the static and sirens that set up “Phenomena” give way to brutal powerchords, a choir of swooning voodoo voices and an ingratiating chorus. Even their sweetest moment, “Cheated Hearts,” keeps an ominous tonal howl underpinning the girl group heartbreak of its melodic heart. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ second album further refines the band’s anarchist sound. Just as their debut album, 2003’s Fever To Tell, modified and sculpted the approach and energy of their early EPs, here the band transcend beyond their power trio schematic and explore the sonic possibilities of the recording studio in greater depth. This attention to detail never derails into the artsy shtick that you might expect from a band that’s toured with the White Stripes and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and often sounds as if they’ve been personally tutored by Sonic Youth and PJ Harvey. Instead, the extra textures and expanded dynamics mean that a song such as “Fancy” transforms into a tug of war, its throbbing keyboard notes battling singer Karen O’s quavering screams until the band retreats to near silence, or that the static and sirens that set up “Phenomena” give way to brutal powerchords, a choir of swooning voodoo voices and an ingratiating chorus. Even their sweetest moment, “Cheated Hearts,” keeps an ominous tonal howl underpinning the girl group heartbreak of its melodic heart. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
543 Ratings
543 Ratings
iba.film.addict ,

Sexy, Exciting & Unique Album

I hope people don't keep themselves from digging this album based solely on the fact that it's not as "hard" as their past efforts. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs established themselves as very unique performers who love to and are great at experimenting and pushing boundries- not a band that's pigeonholed themselves into ONE sound in ONE genre. "Show Your Bones" is a perfect example of this and is really a showcase of what's so great about this band.

Karen's voice is spectacular and sexier than ever as she purrs, trills, yells and sings her heart out over music that supports and adds to her voice rather than competing with it. She's always reminded me of a slightly sonically-distorted Chrissie Hynde (from The Pretenders) and that opinion still remains after listening through this- however I think it is more unique and fleshed out than it has been in the past.

I love how the band plays on this- a lot of the time it just sounds like a free-for-all jamming sesstion with whatever cool sounding riff or instruments they can put in there- but somehow it magically falls in place. The sound is very "current" but still very original and is a heck of a lot more exciting than most other 'rock' bands there that are getting so much acclaim. If you love this band, I really can't see how this album will dissapoint you. This still has the sound we love from this band, but also manages to explore new territory that really distinguishes 'Show Your Bones' from their past releases.

Also, this is one of the few Digital Booklets that is actually cool and worth looking at- we get 17 pdf files of great collage-style artwork.

Whip007 ,

Good Very Good

I personally don't like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs louder stuff, particularly the single Gold Lion. It just does not do much for me. But the thing I absolutley love is there darker more toned down songs, that are a little bit slower. They did it with their last album with classics like, "Maps", "Y Control" and "Modern Romance" and I think they may just have a bit more tricks up their sleeve. I like "Dudley", "Cheated Hearts", "Sweets", "Warrior", and "Turn Into" so far. But if you like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs then definitely get this one.

Brittanylise ,

A new Yeah Yeah Yeahs

If you're looking for the wild, thrashing electric feel of the Fever To Tell, this is not a sequel to that album. YYY has definitely grown up, and Karen O is so tame in this release that it is shocking. This album has its fine points, there is some interesting guitar work but it may take a little more time to fall in love with this album for what it is, without comparing it to its predecessor.

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