Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Is Is


3.5
great

Review

by JAD USER (11 Reviews)
July 29th, 2007 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yeah Yeah Yeahs strike a balance between Fever to Tell and Show Your Bones, improving on the latter while sometimes reaching the formers hights

There’s a case to be made that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are best on EPs. A lot of their reputation still lies on their two early EPs (Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Machine) and even the better of their two full lengths is a perfect case of "would of made a perfect EP." Fever to Tell contains several incredibly great tracks, but balancing them out is an equal number of underwritten filler. Coming in its wake, last year's Show Sour Bones saw the band streamlining their sound for unfortunately dull results. So it’s a good thing that the bands latest release is an EP and an even better one that its very good.

All of the songs on Is Is were written between Fever to Tells release and the recording of Show Your Bones, and where all extensively road tested on their past tours. Opener “Rockers to Swallow” is as atonal and noisy as anything the band has every recorded, but its also a bit dull and aimless. Not so much a misstep as a sidestep. Fortunately, its follow, lead single “Down Boy” is the exact opposite. Filled with eerie keys, an irresistible chant of a chorus, and an explosion of drums and guitar, “Down Boy” affectively highlights everything that’s so great about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from Karen O’s feral wailing to Nick Zinner’s monstrous guitar sounds to Brian Chase’s crashing drums. The title track offers a similar portrait of the bands strengths with its spacey guitar riffs and haunting vocal melodies. “Kiss Kiss” is a great straight ahead rocker and closer “10 x 10” offers a sleek and powerful groove.

Is Is, in the end, shows what’s probably the bands biggest strength: their ability to take noisy and unconventional instrumentation and song structures and put them into simple and, above all else, catchy songs. They manage to do this here without sacrificing either their originality or their universal appeal. So here's to hoping the band write enough quality material for a solid full length, or, who knows, keep writing really, really good EPs.



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Aficionado
July 29th 2007


1027 Comments


Nice review, nice and short.

KingGhidorah
July 29th 2007


64 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album did nothing for me

smokersdieyounger
July 31st 2007


672 Comments


Great review, didn't know this was released.

The Jungler
July 31st 2007


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this EP as well.
Nice review.

JAD
August 1st 2007


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the comments, I was worried my review was too short, but I figured its an EP so theres not that much to say.

cometuesday
August 9th 2007


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sounds cool. I was wondering what this would be about.

HispanicImpressions
August 15th 2007


121 Comments


Great review, votes yes.

Well done man.

Catchthe22
August 20th 2007


95 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this EP. It keeps me interested just like an EP should.

emogangstascotty
August 22nd 2007


472 Comments


Ah Ah! This EP was short, as expected...but it was too short!

Rosemary
January 13th 2008


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

1 and 4 songs are excellent, unfortunately rest is only good.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
May 24th 2011


6505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Rockers To Swallow is easily their most badass track ever!



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