Tuesday, July 18, 2006

YYY's - Show Your Bones Review

Album title - Show Your Bones by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

After the art punk perfection of Fever to Tell I couldn’t wait for the follow up. I first heard Gold Lion on the radio and was impressed, it sounded like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had created this hyper produced Nevermind esq. album. I thought it was going to be a mainstream phenomenon that would bring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs into the lime light but instead it was a disappointment. That’s not to say it was a complete failure, there’s some good songs on the album, it’s just not half of what Fever to Tell was. Gold Lion is a brilliantly loud impressive song as is Phenomena but further into the record you find songs like Mysteries, Warrior and Honeybear which sound messy and unthoughtful. They say artists always have trouble with the second album and it sounds like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had real trouble with this. It sounds like they turned up at their studio in LA without the faintest idea what to record and had to really force out every note.
As I said Fever to Tell was art punk perfection, loud, grungy, interesting and energetic, but Show Your Bones has either lost or dampened down all these qualities only gaining them again in live performances (and despite the terrible album, taking the trouble to see them live is well worth it!). However, I don’t entirely condemn the album, it’s defiantly worth listening to and it would be worth downloading tracks such as Gold Lion and Phenomena but fans of the old Yeah Yeah Yeahs may be disappointed with their second attempt.

Review by F.M.

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Anonymous said...

Overall I liked the album, thought it was a good step for them, but yeah some of the songs are a bit rubbish.

Anonymous said...

Love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, saw them recently and it rocked!!

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