Show Your Bones Review

artist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs date: 09/25/2007 category: compact discs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones
Release Date: Mar 28, 2006
Label: Interscope
Genres: Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock
Number Of Tracks: 11
With Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs follow up to the heralded Fever to Tell Karen O economizes on the screaming that so marked the trio's debut EP.
 Sound: 9.3
 Lyrics: 8
 Overall Impression: 9.7
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overall: 9.7
Show Your Bones Reviewed by: top_hat_rocker1, on april 14, 2006
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Sound: This is the second album from New Yorks iconic art punk trio, and the follow up to one of the 21st century's most promising debuts, Fever To Tell. Still here is Nick Zinner's trademark spiky, innovative guitar sounds and huge riffs, Brian Chase's, heart thumping, experimental drum patterns, Karen O's banshee screech and raunchy lyrics, but Show Your Bones is an all round more polished, radio friendly album, with all the same attitude and balls of Fever To Tell, but with catchier, better constructed tunes. The album begins with the first single off the album, Gold Lion. The song begins sounding like Queen's, We Will Rock You, but then the acoustic guitar begins and Karen O starts singing, and you can immediately tell its the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Soon, the song, is in familiar territory, with the loud drumming, the distorted powerchord riff, and Karen shouting down the mic, and just before the song gets boring, Nick starts playing this huge tribal one note riff half up his fret board, making the a real stand out, and a high standard for the rest of the album to follow. Which it does, in great style. After Gold Lion, there's Way Out, which sound like folk meeting the modern world, then songs like Phenomena, which has a hip hop feel to it, and sounds like LL Cool J singing over spiky garage rock guitars and cymbal bashing drums. Honey Bear is a real highlight, which begins like a Franz Ferdinand song, then morphs into a massive wall of sound, punk rocker, then throws you in a completely direction by adding synths to the mix. Another real stand out is Cheated Hearts, which is similar to Maps, off of the first album, but is less timid, has a more pesimistic view on love and features some jangly guitar work, reminiscent of Stone Roses and the Cure. Mysteries is a shambolic garage rocker, thrown together by the band in a drunken jam session. It's the most rushed song on the album, but is still a corker, and although somewhat out of place on the record, does not let the side down. Sweets, follows Mysteries and begins very timidly, with light drums and acoustic strumming, then Nick turns up the volume with some fuzzed up spooky sounding guitar riffage. Warrior also is a soft one, like Sweets, is an acoustic based folk/rock/pop song, beginning quiet, gets louder, then ends softly again. The end song is Turn Into, which is an upbeat anthemic sounding ending to the album, with a one note piano motif over acoustic and electric guitars, and a crazy high pitched solo, in traditional Nick Zinner style. My only problem with the sound, is that I bought the special edition album, which has a bonus track De Ja Vu, which is still a good song, but ruins the flow of the album slightly, as Turn Into would have been a great closer to the album. // 10

Lyrics: Karen O has a very destinctive voice, its a half singing half screeching onslaught on the microphone. Its not the most radio friendly voice, but she uses it to great effect on this album, and manages to actually sing most of her lines. Her lyrics are hard to decipher, for example "Gold Lion's gonna tell me where the light is, take our hands out of control" which doesnt mean much to me, but it fits in well with the music. The songs that are easier to understand, are songs like Cheated Hearts, Warrior, and Sweets, which all seem to be about love, and the negative aspects of it. There are no moments where you listen and think, "what were they thinking when they were writing that, that's terrible" it's solid all the way through and fits the music. // 9

Overall Impression: This album really exceeds my expectations. They had a lot to live up to, as Fever To Tell was such a good album, and they took a long time to release this album, but they've managed to live up to the expextations and the pressure put on them and have delivered an essential album, one of the best of the year so far. From start to finish there isn't a weak song, it's simply killer song after another. The album is gutsy, passionate, heartfelt, harsh, soft, unpredictable, but in a word brilliant. Essential listening. // 10

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overall: 8.3
Show Your Bones Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 25, 2006
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Sound: Check of a March issue of any music magazine or even Time newsmagazine at the first part of the month and you will see the critics raving over Show Your Bones from the Yeahs. Calling it everything from the best album of the past 6 months to the definition of a band's growth in sound. SHow Your Bones is all of this and more as it isn't a remote to what the first Yeahs album sounded like with the exception of the brutally honest raw emotion shown on the first one. It sounds like the same old Karen O but sadder to the tune of maybe Pat Benatar and the riffing sounds like Whitesnake or Journey from arena rock days. But the two compliment each other very well. This album nearly broke the band up because they were disputing over if the album should sound similiar to the first scratchy, concrete sounds of Fever to Tell or should they get more in-house studio producers to create a more poppy sound and from the end result I cant tell if anyone got their wish. Very creative and groundbreaking for an art-punk band from New York without a bassist. // 9

Lyrics: Well, lyrically Show Your Bones is far less than a masterpiece because at times Miss Karen can be so vague that its hard to even imagine what she could possibly be talking about such as the songs "Honeybear", "Phenomena" and the first single "Gold Lion". However lyrically the album does have its strong points when Karen finally taps into that brutally honest self indulgence as she does in "Mysteries", "Warrior" and "Turn into". ANd moreso than the first album she shows her skill and versatility behind the mic as she expands behind just screaming and whining which worked well for the first album but would not have been the same strange pleasure for a second. // 7

Overall Impression: SHow Your Bones does not compare to anything I've heard in a while but is a novel listen if your going through a breakup or just find utter enjoyment in odd music. The strongest points on the album are "Cheated Hearts", "Turn Into", "Phenomena" and "Mysteries" and the only really bad I can say about the listen is that there arent enough of the fast and louder punk influences from Fever to Tell. But the end result is a very solid listen. // 9

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overall: 9
Show Your Bones Reviewed by: brentonkim, on september 25, 2007
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Sound: Not many bands can imitate the sound that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs produces. The sound of Nick Zinners' howling rhythmic guitar, Brian Chases' melodic drums, and Karen O's unique voice truly blend in this new album. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs keep the original sound from their Fever To Tell album, but reveals a new sound as well. Songs like Phenomena will keep you at the edge of your chair blowing your mind away, while songs like The Sweets will keep you soothed and your mind drifting. Truly, this three-person band from New York will keep you entertained throughout the whole album. // 9

Lyrics: The band's lyrics are exceptionally unique and significant. Karen O's style of singing really complements the instrumentals. Karen O singing style in Way Out is soothing and soft, and in songs such as Mysteries she sings very punk. Overall, The lyrics are exceptional and fits exactly into their style of music. // 8

Overall Impression: Compared to their earlier album, Fever To Tell, Show Your Bones is more contemporary. Even so, that does not mean it is not a good album. This is an excellent album. Most of the songs are catchy and will catch your ear. If this album were to be stolen, or lost, you would have to buy it again. That is how great this album is. // 10

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