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Well before the release of this solid but slender debut, the Brooklyn-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the subject of so much international press hype that the White Stripes were probably taking quick, nervous peeks over their shoulders. But while Fever to Tell captures a lot of what’s good about the trio--mostly the caterwauling energy of their club shows--it also exposes the band’s limitations. Singer Karen O is the undeniable star here, contorting her voice from a primal P.J. Harvey growl to the pre-orgasmic purr of Chrissie Hynde. Nick Zinner chops, slashes, and torpedoes his guitar around, across, and straight at O’s voice, while drummer Brian Chase delivers a suitably raw trash-can thump. There are a lot of cool sounds on this 11-song, 37-minuute disc, and enough metallic-KO attitude to make a bare-chested grandpa like Iggy Pop proud. What’s missing is a more varied set of fully fleshed-out songs, the kind it took the White Stripes four albums to write. Hype too early in a career can be terrible burden--ask Liz Phair or, soon enough, the Vines. Better to enjoy Fever to Tell for what it is--an uninhibited blast of garage-rock fury--without swallowing extravagant claims for a potentially great band still under construction. --Keith Moerer
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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B00008VOQM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Bernard on April 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Fever To Tell successfully follows through and expands on the promise of the YYY's first 2 EPs. From the first notes of Rich you are already hooked. The best way I could describe it would be like this: think of the Stooges with impecible pop smarts, fronted by the illegimate daughter of Siouxsie Sioux, Lene Lovich, Nina Hagen, Joan Jett and Joyce De Witt. This is just guitar-drums-voice, but NOTHING like the White Stripes (who I like for different reasons). The depth of the sound on songs like Y Control is just incredible considering.
Karen O's voice is in top form. She displays an impressive range on the stunning, majestic, beautiful
"Maps". This song, along with "No, No, No", and "Y Control" aptly show the future promise of this band. "No, No, No" is my favorite, with it's simmering vocal and slowly built up verses that explode in an impressive 1970-Black-Sabbath-via Siouxsie-and-the-Banshees kind of way. God, I hope that makes sense. The song concludes with a trippy 2 minute long dub that is just SO pretty.
"Rich" and "Y Control" both feature amazing treated guitar lines that sound like synths. Very Missing Persons sounding. Magical pop songs that get stuck in your head immediately.
Music for a twisted Beach Party...
"Date With The Night", "Man", "Tick", "Black Tongue", "Pin", and "Cold Light" rock seriously hard. Just try not to dance during any of these. I totally dig the almost surf rock and fantastic chorus of "Black Tongue". The choo-choo train that is "Tick"! The infectious ness of "Pin". The incest anthem "Cold Night" has that "Beat on the Brat" guitar thing going on after 1:15 or so.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By K. Berry on August 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard the Yeah Yeah Yeahs when they performed "Y-Control" on Conan O' Brien. Initially, I was blown away by the guitarist, Nick Zinner. But what kept me hooked was Karen O's stage presence. I downloaded the song the next day and played it repeatedly. From there, I read a few reviews of the album and downloaded the song "Maps," which seems to be the critical favorite. I found myself equally impressed. Before actually purchasing the album, I tested out one more song and downloaded the current single, "Date with the Night." From there I knew I had to take the plunge and buy the album. And I must say, I'm very happy I did.

The first thing that impressed me with Fever to Tell was Karen's vocals. A combination of PJ Harvey's range and tonal quality with Bjork's vocal abandon. Her voice warbles, shrieks, and screams through tracks like "Rich," "Date with the Night," and especially "Tick" with an amazing elasticity.

Musically, the album also kept me quite entertained. The sheer energy and fun-loving spirit of the album is enough to perk up even the most depressive music lover. The instrumentation is largely just guitar and drums (provided by Brian Chase), but it sounds remarkably full even without the aid of a bassist. Most of the beats have a cheerful march quality to them and the guitar wails as it's pumped through 2 amps. "Pin" would be my choice for the most musically infectious track on the album.

But where the album falters is in the land of lyrics. There are some genuine gems: "Maps," "Y-Control," "Modern Romance," and the bonus track. Basically, the end of the album is where are the good lyrics are stored.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Zachary A. Hanson on March 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
4.75 stars--not perfect, but almost

Well, YYY's new album _Show Your Bones_ will be out before you know it, so let's revisit from whence this band has come. When _Fever to Tell_ came out three years back, there was a considerable hype to back them up. For once in punk rock, it was justified. While _Fever to Tell_ does not quite have the distilled intensity of their self-titled EP, it comes close, throwing in a relatively smooth ballad, _Maps_, to really complicate our understanding of what this band is about.

From what I can tell, they are all about transgressing limits. I am eager to see where they take this ethic on _Show Your Bones_, because few bands have been as good at this in the new millennium, punk or otherwise. The French call the orgasmic feeling that comes from going past boundaries jouissance. Another term they have for orgasm is _le petit mort_, or the little death. Karen O liberally scatters these little deaths all over every record they have made to date. Nick Zinner and Brian Chase, on guitar and drums, respectively, have the perfect approach to backing this up, always straddling the line between fine musicianship and reckless abandon. To see this in the flesh at a live show comes highly recommended. They are perhaps the most exciting "punk" band I have ever seen. Karen O looks like she is going to explode into a supernova at any moment while Nick Zinner cuts a Nick Cave-like profile as he handles all the musical notes the band makes with admirable aplomb.

"Cold Light," for example: "We can do it to each other/ Just like a sister and a brother." Ooohhh. She transgresses the incest taboo. Unlike what some may think, there is more to what she is doing than mere shock value.
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