Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones [Album Review]

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Show Your Bones
Interscope Records [2006]

The Fire Note headphone approved

This is one of those defining albums in a band’s short career. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs had a successful EP, a smash debut Fever To Tell [2003], and now it’s time for their sophomore effort. Except that’s not what takes place on the “mature” Show Your Bones. They could have taken the easy road and put out another 37 minutes of pounding rock with Karen O almost losing her voice on every track, or followed the blueprint of the successful track “Maps” and put out a much more elaborate album with extended melodies and a medium-burning pace. They decided on the latter, and every tune is precise and well thought out. Each listen will bring you new respect for their direction and will invite comparisons of Karen O to some of the greats like Chrissie Hynde or Deborah Harry. For sure, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are here to stay, as Show Your Bones is potentially one of the top releases this year.

Key Tracks: “Gold Lion” / “Cheated Hearts” / “Way Out”

Artists With Similar Fire: Chrissie Hynde / Deborah Harry / Metric

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