Show Your Bones

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
"Mature" certainly isn't the word that comes to mind upon hearing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' beer-soaked, wildly flailing debut -- an album that established singer Karen O as one of the new millennium's truly original, freak flag-flying icons. The fact that said word does enter the psyche when describing the follow-up, Show Your Bones, doesn't detract from the mesmeric qualities possessed by both the singer and the songs, but it does signal a noticeable change of heart for a band that now seems more interested in having a dialog than a confrontation. That's amply evident in the shimmering guitars that drape "Gold Lion" -- one of O's most unflinchingly come-hither statements ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
"Mature" certainly isn't the word that comes to mind upon hearing the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' beer-soaked, wildly flailing debut -- an album that established singer Karen O as one of the new millennium's truly original, freak flag-flying icons. The fact that said word does enter the psyche when describing the follow-up, Show Your Bones, doesn't detract from the mesmeric qualities possessed by both the singer and the songs, but it does signal a noticeable change of heart for a band that now seems more interested in having a dialog than a confrontation. That's amply evident in the shimmering guitars that drape "Gold Lion" -- one of O's most unflinchingly come-hither statements to date -- as well as the subtly sexy "Dudley," which slithers along like one of Kim Gordon's contributions to mid-period Sonic Youth. There are still swaths of spiky surrealism to tempt intrepid folks prone to spasms of No Wave fandom -- most notably the throbbing "Phenomena," which borrows smartly from Liquid Liquid's booty-centric post-punk classic "Cavern." But those who were drawn to the YYY party by the siren song of "Maps" will find plenty here to keep them bouncing along until closing time.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
As explosive as they seem on the surface, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are also an ambitious, thoughtful band and keep pushing the boundaries of their music. They moved from the rawness of their early EPs to the polished art-punk of their first full-length in just over two years, and this drive to keep topping themselves is what led to breakthroughs like Fever to Tell's gorgeous ballad and hit single "Maps." After taking three years to follow up Fever to Tell, and scrapping many of the songs that they came up with while on tour supporting that album, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs returned with Show Your Bones, the yin to their debut album's yang. While Fever to Tell and "Maps" dealt with falling in love and being more than a little freaked out about it, Show Your Bones is a breakup album. If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had made this album earlier in their career, Karen O's cutting lyrics and Nicolas Zinner's choppy guitars would've sliced the poor ex to pieces; after all, on "Bang," from their self-titled debut EP, they hilariously wrote off a lame one-night stand with "as a f*ck, son, you sucked." Show Your Bones, however, tries to go much deeper than that. Even Show Your Bones' rockers are subdued. The cryptic lead single "Gold Lion" which sounds like a mash-up of Love and Rockets' "No New Tale to Tell" and Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Peek a Boo" is a little plodding; though it eventually worms its way into listeners' heads, it's surprisingly restrained compared to previous singles. Aptly enough for the kind of album it is, Show Your Bones' softer songs are some of its strongest: "Dudley" sounds a little bit like Sonic Youth covering the nursery rhyme "Hush, Little Baby," while "Cheated Hearts" is a big, rousing ballad in the vein of "Maps." And, as on Fever to Tell, the band loosens up as Show Your Bones unfolds. "Mysteries" is a jealous cowpunk number that sounds tossed off, but has more bite and fun in it than the rest of the album. On "Turn Into," they take this twangy sound and turn it sweet, resulting in one of their best songs yet.
Rolling Stone - David Fricke
This album is, above all, a textural triumph, a quantum bounce from the brittle jitter and insect-chatter fuzz of the band's 2001 Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP and 2003's full-length Fever to Tell.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
On one of the year's nicest surprises so far, the Yeahs say no to surrendering to retro rock's stylistic prison. (A-)
Los Angeles Times - Steve Appleford
1/2 From the first words and rhythms of the opening track "Gold Lion," it's clear the Yeahs are operating with the confidence of a great band.... This is minimalist rock with real feeling and a subversive, epic range.

This album is, above all, a textural triumph, a quantum bounce from the brittle jitter and insect-chatter fuzz of the band's 2001 Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP and 2003's full-length Fever to Tell.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602498529829
  • Catalog Number: 000633701
  • Sales rank: 8,128

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gold Lion (3:07)
  2. 2 Way Out (2:51)
  3. 3 Fancy (4:24)
  4. 4 Phenomena (4:10)
  5. 5 Honeybear (2:25)
  6. 6 Cheated Hearts (3:58)
  7. 7 Dudley (3:41)
  8. 8 Mysteries (2:35)
  9. 9 The Sweets (3:55)
  10. 10 Warrior (3:42)
  11. 11 Turn Into (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Primary Artist
Karen O Piano, Vocals, Omnichord, Group Member
Brian Chase Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Chris Coady Hand Clapping
Squeak E. Clean Hand Clapping
Allan Labiner Hand Clapping
Brooke Gillespie Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Producer
David Andrew Sitek Producer
Chris Coady Engineer
Julian Gross Art Direction, Cover Art
Squeak E. Clean Producer, Engineer
Asif Ahmed Management
Marshmellow Concept
Errol Wander Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just another fan

    When I first stumbled onto "Maps," like most others, I was baffled. Becoming a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan was easy. Upon the release of Show Your Bones, and I got decently excited. SYB is the kind of CD that gives no dissapointments, no tracks you can just skip over. This CD is definitely not one to dissapoint in any way.

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