Yeah Yeah Yeahs so-so-so
April 18, 2006
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The first time I heard Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new single, “Gold Lion,” I thought it was a Siouxsie & The Banshees song I never heard before.
Not only does Karen O sound like Siouxsie more than ever, but their album “Show Your Bones” has a different texture than their sophomore album “Fever to Tell.” The songs still pack a hard punch, but not as hard as their previous album.
I like “Show Your Bones,” but it’s not going to make my best of 2006 list. I bought it strictly based on the fact I just really like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and expect a high-quality album from them.
“Fever to Tell” was harder, sexier, and more exciting. “Show Your Bones” seems to be the soothing counterpart to “Fever to Tell.”
There are songs on the album that just don’t do anything for me. Only songs I like are “Gold Loin,” “Phenomena,” and “Cheated Hearts.” I’ve listened to this album over and over. Maybe the other songs just have to grow on me.
The last two songs on the album are really slow and end things abruptly. I feel I’m left with the need for more of Karen O’s brutality, Nick Zinner’s diverse guitar playing, and Brian Chase’s impressive drums.
This album didn’t disappoint too much or make me like the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s any less. I just expected faster songs.
“Show Your Bones” is a good album, but I’m just not as excited about it as I was before I heard it. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs still show that they are a unique band with remarkable talents from each member. However, it just does not seem like the same band from “Fever to Tell.”