The Yeah Yeah, Yeahs' highly anticipated new album, Show Your Bones, finally hits stores on March 28. Clearly the NYC trio didn't want to rush and thoughtlessly release a follow-up to their debut Fever to Tell, without taking the time to come up with something equally as impressive. A smart move, seeing that it gave them time to hypnotize the masses with "Maps." Even though it turned out to be the least art-rock track the band had ever put together, everyone fell in love with this ballad. And now, two years later, both true YYY fans and the general MTV audience are dying to hear what's next.
YYY mouthpiece Karen O teased the world by telling interviewers that the new album would be heavily influenced by folk and porn (!). But get your mind out the gutter. Karen O explains that the album title actually refers to "what happens when you put your finger in a light socket. Maybe there is some of that electric current flowing through the tracks of our album, illuminating us from the inside out for you to laugh at and cry to or fry to."
Granted, the YYY's have become famous for their electric live performances, but somehow it made sense for them to come up with something totally different. So the idea of a folk-porn influenced album, as crazy as it sounds, isn't so surprising. Rather, quite exciting. I always thought art shouldn't be repetitive, and I would have found it extremely boring and lazy if they had followed up their debut with a carbon copy of their last release. The idea of a folk album is completely unexpected, bizarre, and different, which should attract lots of attention and have people buzzing.
Show Your Bones is just that. It is a departure for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The album as a whole is mellow and less in-your-face rock. Karen O does less screaming and proves what most of us already knew - that she is actually quite a good singer. The songs are well crafted as well, thoughtful and intelligent. It does sound a little long, maybe because of the overall tempo, and the music is a little on the safe side. It doesn't really challenge the average listener, but the concept is brilliant and maybe making music that appeals to the masses and transcends genres is also brilliance in itself. After listening to the entire album, it was obvious that "Gold Lion" has radio hit written all over it. Even though Diplo has remixed the track, I prefer the original. I have never really been a fan of remixes or imitations, anyway. It may be safe to say that the album will definitely have teenage girls across the country mouthing the mysterious lyrics to the previously mentioned song, which also opens up the album. It's a rock anthem that showcases Karen O's edgy, angry vocals and Brian Chase's signature garage rock drumming. "Way Out" is another standout track, which opens with Nick Zinner's strong, melodic guitaring.
The YYYs have secured their "cooler than thou" status and most kids will feel like they are a little bit cooler for buying the album and listening to it. Sometimes its best not to over-intellectualize and just take things for what they are. This is a poppy folk album with a little sex appeal that is easy to listen to.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs