Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Show Your Bones



by Senor_Whippy USER (22 Reviews)
March 28th, 2006 | 44 replies

Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

You have to love Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Sure, I guess not everyone will love their Eardrum smashing blend of Post-Punk clatter Pop but you have to respect a band who dived into the mainstream wearing fuchsia mesh vests and sporting Eraserhead haircuts at a time when if you weren't wearing ripped Jeans, black Converse and your Dad's dinner Jacket you had no chance of making it in the world of Indie rock.

But some how they did and here we are 3 years on, holding a copy of their latest offering 'Show Your Bones' in our grubby hands. But let's just have a quick reality check here. This is Yeah Yeah Yeahs second album, the follow-up to the fantasic debut 'Fever To Tell', Frontwoman Karen O went though 2 break ups whlist making the record and a rumored 70 songs were scrapped. Plus did I tell you it was their second album? You know how many bands have slipped up on their second release? Well let me remind you of the commerical downfall of The Strokes thanks to their second offering 'Room On Fire', the mental breakdown of Vines frontman Craig Nicholls partly due to the negative media feedback of their last record 'Winning Days'. Second album syndrome was so damaging to UK baggy Rock icons The Stone Roses that the band fell apart completely (thank god) after the release of their long delayed 'The Second Coming' album. So don't worry Yeah Yeah Yeahs there's nothing at all to worry about.

The Band:
Karen O - Vocals
Nick Zinner - Guitar/Keyboard
Brian Chase - Drums

Too often in music the term 'Different direction' means that a band have gone out and discovered World Music (Blur), Prog (The Strokes), the Marimba (Jack White) or what ever mad ideas creep into their heads whlist the drugs are kicking in. 'Show Your Bones' is a very different album. Well, for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs it is. But don't fear, 'Show Your Bones' is not an experimental 70 minute long concept album about life on Supernovas. It's a 39 minute long dizzy mix of raw passion and outstanding beauty. The band have shaken free out of their Art Punk pigeonhole and are starting to show what they really are capable of.

A tribal drum beat (similar to that of 'We Will Rock You') opens up the record and before you know it your thrown into a musical tornado of ballsy Vocals and stoner Guitars. And as for lyrics, if you thought the line ''I got a date with the night'' was weird you need to listen to 'Gold Lion' (''Gold lion's gonna tell me where the light is/Take our hands out of control''). What it means I do not know but one thing is clear, 'Gold Lion' is one belter of a song, it swells up before exploding all over the place in it's Nirvana meets Siouxsie and The Banshees glory.

Up next is the acoustic Guitar flavored 'Way Out'. A more mellow track compared to 'Gold Lion'. Even though it boosts some impressive lyrics and vocal work from Karen O, 'Way Out' is too weak, powerless if you may. It bobs along with no real meaning or intention apart the odd loud Guitar freakout delivered to us by one Mr Zinner, who really shows a love of the volume switch on 'Show Your Bones'. For example, on 'Phenomena' Zinner's steal-strong riffing goes hand in hand with Karen O's snappy vocals. Especially at the song's highpoint when Karen O tells us not to ''Fall asleep with the motor on, she'll make you sweat in the water'' whlist Zinner sounds like he's playing 14 Guitars at once through every effects pedal they had in the music store.

'Honeybear' is run of the oldest songs on the album. First played on the band's 2004 American tour. It could be this album's cult floorfiller but instead is ruined by the fact that it's over done. It rarely sticks to a blueprint and changes several times from Diana Ross on LSD-style Disco to charging Joan Jett style Country Pop. Leaving you feeling confused and at times a little agitated, even more so when you remember that this band could once satisfy their fans by playing clattering Art Punk that rarely pushed the 2 minute boarderline. Now everythings a little more complicated and complex. Leaving you wondering if the band are trying too hard or if you're just been too fussy.

Thankfully 'Cheated Hearts' saves the day. Sounding like a remorseful KT Tunstall playing with a heartbroken Franz Ferdinand. It's a song with beauty to rival that of 'Maps' and features some of Karen's best vocal work to date, full of passion and raw emotion (''Cheated by the opposite of love/Sometimes I think that am bigger than the sound''). 'Cheated Hearts' is the track showing that all the emotion Karen O showed whlist mumbling the line ''Wait, they don't love you like I love you'' all those years ago haven't gone away, in fact there clearier and more powerful than ever before.

Up next are two of the album's best moment. The bittersweet and moving 'Dudley' and the powerful, banging and punky 'Mysteries'. The latter showing off the raw power seen on 'Fever To Tell' whlist keeping the emotion of 'Show Your Bones' (''I don't even know what it's like to go back to you''). But it's 'Dudley' that really gets my vote. Possibly the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' best track to date ('Y Control' been a very close 2nd). It sums up the record perfectly. Beautiful, emotional and confused at heart.

Sadly after this the album take a downhill nose dive that ruins the course of it's 2nd half. The 3 final tracks 'Sweets', 'Warrior' and 'Turn Into' are all slow-burning acoustic Guitar centred tracks similar to 'Way Out'. These songs shows a band who aren't terrible or scrapping the barrel for ideas - but a band that are just pushing themselfs too far too soon. 'Show Your Bones' sounds like it could be the Yeah Yeah Yeahs fourth album, not the follow up to a heavily Punk influenced debut.

But their is good news after all this. Even though they've created a record which may isolate some old hardcore fans, at the same time 'Show Your Bones' has all Pop-principals to take the band to the next step, to the top of the charts. So sit back and enjoy the ride whlist we wait for 2009's Prog Rock influenced, Spainish spoken concept album about the life of New York Bus driver.

Cheated Hearts
Gold Lion

Thanks For Reading! - Senor Whippy (The Man who first introduced Arctic Monkeys to Sputnikmusic)

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March 28th 2006


Wow, a Senor Whippy review =O

You should read over it though as it has lots of grammar mistakes.

The Jungler
March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.

I've heard a little off this and can't wait to pick it up.

March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

I was going to review this today, but you did a good job! Mysteries is my favorite track so far, that song is soo hot. I think it's bit hit and miss, but overall a good lbum. I'd probably give it 3.5 because I think I'm gonna grow into it in a big way.

March 28th 2006


'Gold Lion' is terrible. That's all I've heard from the album but judging it by that song it's not something I'm going to get in the near future.
Great review. You covered a lot of tracks throughout all of it and used great detail.

March 28th 2006


Yeah, very good review. I haven't heard this yet, but I've kind of been liking their debut recently, so I'll check it out at some stage, probably.

March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Great review, you've definitely improved like crazy throughout your time here. It is reassuring to see. You have a few minor spelling errors and some wacky capitalisation which I'd suggest you fix, but that's all pretty minor.

I'm not really a fan of this band, I'm not sure what it is that doesn't appeal to me.

Electric City
March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Rolling Stone gave it a 4, which is yet another reason to cancel the subscrpition.

March 28th 2006


Rolling Stone picks a few bands to give high scores to, mostly what they think will sell or what's 'hot'. Music usually isn't the issue - it's image. Are the Yeah Yeah Yeah's hot right now? Girl indie singer? 1 Paragraph blurb - 4 stars.

Electric City
March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.5

Well they did write a full review, but I agree they do give scores based on image a lot.

March 28th 2006


i listened to this band because 1 of my friends like them (he doesnt have the best taste in music) and i really dont like them at all and have respect for them but they're nothing special at all. and u dont have to love them or respect them its all opinion. but good review. i dont own anything by this band and never will (unless my tastes change a whole lost whcich they could) but this was a good review.

March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

My sister got ahold of this one faster than I expected. I listened once through, and I'ts very clear that it will rarely ever get better than their debut. Their first was a homerun. It was almost flawless, and their sound has changed a bit. I liked the single off this a lot, as well as Fancy and Cheated Hearts.

The review was pretty good. It told me what to expect from the album, and I can agree somewhat to the writing.

Two-Headed Boy
March 28th 2006


Album Rating: 2.0

Pretty nice review, man.

As for the band, they're alright from what I've heard.This Message Edited On 03.28.06

March 28th 2006


I used to be really really into this band and heard the album through the Myspace gods.
To my suprise, I found it very, very good. I'll pick it up soon.

March 29th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

Eraserhead rules.

Nice review, although i'm not a big fan of the YYYs

The Jungler
April 1st 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

"Cheated Hearts" rivals "Maps" for my favorite Yeah Yeah Yeahs song.

April 2nd 2006


i've recently got into this band. awesome indie "garage"group. i might buy the album soon...

init tho
April 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

i love this album its got some real soothing tunes and some that get you on the dance floor, its nice

April 3rd 2006


"Gold Lion" is a good song, so i'm wanting to get this

[quote=mx]Rolling Stone picks a few bands to give high scores to, mostly what they think will sell or what's 'hot'. Music usually isn't the issue - it's image. Are the Yeah Yeah Yeah's hot right now? Girl indie singer? 1 Paragraph blurb - 4 stars.[/quote] haha it's kind of sad that you think that, really.

April 3rd 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

Phenomena is a cool song

April 5th 2006


Album Rating: 3.5

i kinda think fever to tell is betterThis Message Edited On 04.04.06

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