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Fever To Tell [Enhanced, Extra tracks]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Audio CD
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To cut a short story even shorter, Yeah Yeah Yeahs formed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, when Karen O (vocals) and Nick Zinner (guitar) stumbled upon one another in a New York bar. They wrote some pretty acoustic folk songs together before the lightening bolt realization struck that they could, conceivably, be the best rock-n-roll, art-punk, disco-sleaze whatever-you-wanna-call-it band in the ... Read more in Amazon's Yeah Yeah Yeahs Store

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  • Audio CD (28 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Extra tracks
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B00008ZHSG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,677 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rich
2. Date With The Night
3. Man
4. Tick
5. Black Tongue
6. Pin
7. Cold Light
8. No No No
9. Maps
10. Y Control
11. Modern Romance
12. Yeah! New York (UK Bonus Track)
13. Date With The Night (Video)

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The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut album, Fever to Tell, has been released amidst a flurry of hype borne aloft by a punishing touring schedule, blistering live shows and a superb five-track EP. It also helps that singer Karen O is the most charismatic frontwoman since Deborah Harry or Kim Deal--stylish, confident, assertive and almost supernaturally cool. Not since fellow New Yorkers the Strokes debuted had expectations been so high for a new band, so it was perhaps inevitable that Fever to Tell would be bit of a disappointment.

But a disappointing debut is not necessarily a bad album. Fever to Tell is an energetic burst of indie noise rock (with guitar producer extraordinaire Alan Moulder at the dials, how could it be anything but?). Karen O pants, warbles and yelps her lyrics with unbridled enthusiasm and an in-your-face sexuality over guitarist Nick Zinner's Jon Spencer-inspired riffs and drummer Brian Chase's pounding backbeat (in contemporary artsy-garage-rock style, they've opted for no bass player). This simple line-up gives everything a raw, primal edge, reminiscent of their live shows (especially on the lolloping "Cold Light" and the frenzied single "Date with the Night"). It's just a shame that none of the tracks here are quite as good as those on their EP (none of which, bafflingly, are here). So, rather than having a sampling of catchy rock anthems (no "Miles Away", no "Our Time", no "Mystery Girl"), Fever to Tell is pretty much solid album tracks from start to finish. Granted, that's no bad thing (how many contemporary albums can really be listened to all the way from beginning to end?), but it does feel like unrealised potential. Fever to Tell is a good first album; hopefully, the second will be a great one. --Robert Burrow

BBC Review

This album is like casual sex: messy, with plenty of cheap thrills. But when you wake up in the morning you think "Did I really do that?" You ask yourself "Is this just a fling? Or is there anything here that will last?"

When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs stormed into the UK from New York last year, everybody cheered. In a so called rock revolution that largely consisted of the usual excess of testosterone and bad heavy metal they were a breath of fresh air. Their stripped down guitar/drums/vocal sound brought some much needed qualities like brevity, intelligence and even wit. Lead singer Karen O is exactly what you want from a rock heroine: feisty, rude, in control but out of control. On the current single "Date With The Night" she rips up the town like a female Godzilla on heat.

This debut album is louder and heavier than their brilliant 5 track CD of last year. There's no denying the impact of the sexy swamp metal of "Cold Light". Or the delirious confusion of "No No No", a track which highlights the bands refreshing ability to try different ideas. You can't imagine the likes of The Datsuns, God forbid, attempting a rock/reggae hybrid but the Yeahs have no problem with it.

But they seem a bit punch drunk with their own sound, and their image as rock animals. Too much of the early part of the album seems a superficial racket. It's only when they calm down and give us "Maps", a lovely power ballad, and the best track on the album, that they reveal their true potential.

There's nothing as good as "Bang" from that very first CD on this album. So I'm a little disappointed. I was hoping Fever To Tell would be a classic, but instead it's just promising. This is a great party record. But for the future, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs need to think a bit more and drink & rock out, a bit less. --Nick Reynolds

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums since 2000! 24 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have never in my life gone from disliking a band to absolutely adoring them until I heard this breathtaking debut from the New York trio. I must admit that on first hearing Fever To Tell I was completely unimpressed but it was not till many months later when I revisited the album and took the time to actually *listen* to it that I realised what an awe-inspiring debut it is.
Tracks like Pin and Rich overflow with originality while Date With The Night and Man are the ultimate tracks to get you dancing like a lunatic. The YYY's then rather daringly slow down the pace for Maps and Modern Romance, and in doing so have created two of the most beautiful rock ballads in recent years.
Karen O proves herself to be a shining female rockstar for this generation with the ability to go from hyperactive kitten to heart broken angel, while guitarist Nick Zinner makes a very powerful sound for such a little guy. I strongly recomend this album to anyone who appreciates raw talent as these New Yorkers have enough of it to become one of the best bands of the last five years. Buy this album and give it a good hard listen, you won't regret it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Im in love with Karen O 26 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
3 is the magic number, there is no doubt about it. I have waited with baited breath for this album and from start to finish it doesn't disapoint. After hearing the single Date With The Night i thought Quality! the world needs a band like this.
But then i heard the album and i have to say DWTN is probably the worst track here. Pin is the best 2 minutes of incredible raw punky sleazy trashy sexy song iv'e heard in ages and theres not one bad song on this album. YYYs leave off all previous LP tracks, which is great because it shows there moving further and further towards the gates of hell. Karen O & Co actually slow down and get a bit reflective near the finish line but it never gets crap. Lets just say if Barry White held the record for most people getting deep down & dirty to his songs, this band will surely blow that record to pieces. Go Buy Now.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yeah New York! 25 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
Heralded as the 'next big thing' to come out of New York since The Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's faced a weight of expectation that was always going to be difficult to live up to. And while it is true that Fever To Tell hasn't had the impact of Is This It?, it still stands out as one of the finest rock records of the last few years.
Sounding like one long adrenalin rush, the sheer inexhaustible injection of energy into every song immediately stands them apart from their contemporaries. In most part, this is down to front-woman Karen O, whose wild enthusiasm and unquenchable thirst to perform makes one wonder if she had been locked up in a cage for several months before being released into the studio in a fit of ecstasy. Barely a minute goes by where she isn't screeching into the microphone, accompanied by the occasional orgasmic yelp, or, as in the case of Black Tongue, the spewing of vent-up scorn. In short, she is charismatic, she is cool and she is the obvious successor to Debbie Harry's mantle.
But the appeal of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's goes further than that. At its finest, the guitar work is both raw and refined, accomplished yet edgy, but most of all it exudes a confidence to match the energy. When all these elements come together in the album's stronger moments, particularly on tracks like Y Control and the wonderful Maps, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's appear in a league of their own. Of course, there is still room for improvement. Some of the weaker tracks, most notably Tick, err on the side of self indulgence and there is the surprising omission of songs like Our Time from their highly acclaimed EP single. Nevertheless, Fever To Tell has more strengths than faults, and picks up the baton left by Is This It? in the NY indie-rock canon.
Album rating: 7/10
Highlights: Maps, Y Control, Rich
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Style above anything 29 April 2003
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Format:Audio CD
If you have ever seen Karen O you will by now be aware that whilst not being the most stunning of creatures, you cannot help but be interested in every move she makes. And it is very much the same for the New York trio's debut LP, "Fever to Tel". Whilst "Is This It" or even "Highly Evolved" both gained much respect for being albums soaked in tuneful melodies and exciting vocals, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have opted to go for the simply exciting. Irritatingly this often leads to a mis mash of tunes such as Tick and the quite bizarre No No No. But anybody willing to see past its faults will see an album with some incredible ability. Yes vocalist Karen 0 can be somewhat grating and no there is no obvious single past the awesome Date With the Night, but this is an album that is different. Not quite the grab and shake you delight of "Elephant", but if you like style, there is nothing better. If you want to break yourself in slowly, head towards the first Yeah Yeah Yeahs self-titled EP, (commonly referred to as the "Master EP".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drums. Guitars. Alien screeching. 18 Aug 2003
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Format:Audio CD
The first time I saw the Yeah Yeah Yeahs was in a picture in the NME. I was vaguely aware that Louis Theroux and a man who's hair was eating him were there, but my eyes were inevitably drawn towards Karen O. Based on the fact that I was quite frightened of her, I assumed that was the last I would pay attention to them. Then I heard the first single from Fever To Tell; Date With The Night. Sounding not unlike the singer being beaten to death with drums and a guitar, I was still quite scared, but intruiged as well.
Since then, this album has turned up on my shelf without me having any recollection of buying it. However it got here, I'm pleased it did. Over the past year or two there have been multifarious acts whose debuts have been ridiculously over-hyped, but this is one of only two that really justifies it (The Vines' Highly Evolved is the other).
It's quite impossible to tire of Fever To Tell. The songs don't last long enough to outstay their welcome, half of them don't even hang around long enough to be offered a cup of tea. For the most part, the songs are whirlwinds of guitar noise, pounding rythyms and a lot of yelping. But like, say, Oasis, the vocal delivery is compelling enough to make you not care whether the words are any good or not: hence, two of the best moments here are "Bom bom bom bom bom bom bom bom, Duh-nuh, duh-nuh duh-nuh duh-nuh " and "Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh, AAH!"
The best two songs here, though, come after the excitement has died down. Modern Romance sounds rather like the Velvets at Christmas, whilst Maps, when it is released as a single in a few weeks, will be the single of the year (taking Seven Nation Army into account too). Entirely at odds with Date With The Night, it's a gorgeously romantic song with some wonderful yearning guitar noises complementing the chorus of "Wait... they don't love you like I love you".
It's fantastic. All the album is. Karen O doesn't seem QUITE so scary any more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arty as F*%=*! and Tons of Fun from NYC!
Bounce round the garage and scream at your neighbours to this!
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are having to much fun - and so can anybody who joins in - wheeeeeeeeeeeeh!
Published 15 days ago by Zababoobee
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This band have a unique sound which makes them stand out, with clear and precise guitar work accompanying the unusual vocals.
Published 2 months ago by tgw94
5.0 out of 5 stars CD
I bought this as a Christmas present so not really able to comment but the recipient was please with it.
Published 3 months ago by Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic debut album
I went to Latitude festival this year where Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlined - I had heard some of their tracks before but their live show blew me away... it was awesome. Read more
Published 7 months ago by leonamc22@yahoomail.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock
It feels so good to ear good some rock n roll for a change nowadays...

and this cd does just that.
Published 9 months ago by Paulo Nicolau
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
One of the best CDs I have bought so far this year.Played it loads of times and still sounds great
Published 10 months ago by lip
2.0 out of 5 stars No No No
I put this one in the CD player, and after ten minutes I'd had enough. It's just too shouty and shrill for me, despite the hints of promise dotted here and there through the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by james of the north
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing album
the album is brilliant. havent listened to the yeah yeah yeahs second album but this has got to be there best (not saying itz blitz is bad, thats still a great album). Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by rickdkd1
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballsy
I remember first hearing the voice of Karen O, it was the single maps, and I was hooked. Recently re purchased this album as it was stolen from me and will not let it go this time. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2011 by Perfectlypinkable
4.0 out of 5 stars Good angst music
A very compelling first album although two tracks were poor, the other tracks more than made up for it.
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by Paganmagick
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