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April 28, 2006

{     Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Show Your Bones"     } I hate it when a band puts out a really phenomenal debut album that starts from the bottom with nothing and the talk starts to heat up, then it blows the fuck up and everyone loves it and it gets all the recognition it deserves, but then the backlash begins and in a couple months (weeks, days, internerd minutes) time it's cool to hate them. Then when it comes time for their sophomore effort the band is just shit out of luck because A) it's not cool to still like them, and B) it's never going to be as good as (sigh) "their old stuff". Which of course brings me to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I can't think of a better recent example, can you? Okay, the Strokes, whatever, you get my point. All the girls want to hate Karen O now because they're still not as fashionable, and just when they catch up Miss O duct tapes some fake mustaches to a Swedish milkmaid skirt, tops it with a spraypainted lime green tee, retarded-cool flats, an Alex-wing pendent, and some fresh jacket a Japanese fan hand-made for her. She wins (she always wins). And the boys? They hate her because they still can't get their girlfriends to be that rad. But let's talk about the music. Really. Gold Lion, you love it. You really do. You're even banging the Diplo and Zinner remixes, right? Still. I know you are. The rest of the album? No, there's nothing as good as 'Maps', let's just get that out of the way, but damn there are about three tracks that come so, so, so close. 'Cheated Hearts' is good, but 'Dudley' is even better. Yeah, put 'Dudley' on your next heartbreak tape and it just might work out for you. 'Turn Into' is like a cowboy dream, a letter to a lonely hipster gunslinger in the west. And the rock? I wish I could fuck 'Phenomena' it's so filthy and good. That little fade-out, then twagga-twagga comeback is the sexxx. And 'Deja Vu'? Damn. And how good is 'Way Out'? I love it. That breakdown on 'Fancy' too! Zinner is on point. I don't care, it's all really great and it sucks that I feel like I have to spend these paragraphs defending it rather than simply complementing it. You're all right - it's not as good as 'Fever To Tell', but that shit was freakishly hot. Thing is, the drums are even tighter, there are some studio flourishes that fit in just right every time, Zinner is still killing it like the wannabes wish they could, and Karen, fuck, Karen lost a little growl but came out like the ghost of a majestic queen long dead, whispering, howling, rising through the lid of a million-dollar coffin burning white fire. And when it comes together it's like punk rock opera orgasms wrapped in satin sheets and stamped-out cigarettes. Like little girls controlling the world and all they want to do is roll around in the dirt and do boy stuff better than the boys ever did. I don't know, I just really love this band, and I really love "Show Your Bones". It's that simple.

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I agree for the most part. Its a great album, but thats it. People hyped it to be one of the best of the year, and it only turned out to be just great. And now they're pissed.

Posted by: josh at April 29, 2006 12:13 AM
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