March 30, 2005

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones
Interscope, 2006

In the words of Homer Simpson, “I used to rock and roll all night and party every day, then it was every other day. Now I’m lucky if I can find half an hour a week in which to get funky.” What can I say? I love rocking out and Show Your Bones is of no help in this department.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs brought back true dancability to the garage rock sound with their 2003 scream factory debut, Fever To Tell. Now on their sophomore effort, Show Your Bones, it sounds as if Karen O’s days of spewing beer while pelting audience members with birthday cakes and biting lyricism are over.

Sure, the single and opening track “Gold Lion” rocks and is arguably one of their best tunes ever but from there, it’s a sliding slope. With the exception of the dancey, dirge “Phenomena” Show Your Bones is quiet and contemplative, exploring the dark areas of a new and clean production. Think of the sonic leap between the Pixies Surfer Rosa to Dolittle. Although the Yeah Yeah Yeahs come no where close to the god like quality of Dolittle on this record. But the most surprising aspect of Show Your Bones, is the addition of a folky, Jenny Lewis like, twang on several songs such as “Warrior” and the closing track “Turn Into.”

With all elements considered, Show Your Bones is a well rounded record that shows growth, despite what my fan boy indulgence wants to believe. I just miss an edgier Yeah Yeah Yeahs. B-

— Daniel Brian


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