|2. Date With The Night|
|5. Black Tongue|
|7. Cold Light|
|8. No No No|
|10. Y Control|
|11. Modern Romance|
|12. Yeah! New York (UK Bonus Track)|
|13. Date With The Night (Video)|
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
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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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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