Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Skeletons"



“Skeletons” feels bold and anticipatory. When Karen O’s serene voice begins singing (“Love my name/ Love left dry/ Frost or flame/ Skeleton me”), it’s as if she’s preparing for an inevitable surge of energy. After the first verse, we’re introduced to a rapturous percussion that’s ready to explode, only to be brought right back down. Similar to “Maps” before it, “Skeletons” lingers in the area between expectation and release. Yet it does so perfectly, inhabiting a terrain that makes us vulnerable and unsure -- Karen O’s sweet singing is our only guide, and she even seems unsure where we’re going. Her use of three-syllable poetic verse (with the exception of “skeleton / me”) only enhances this song’s mystique. It is exact and precise. As Pitchfork’s Ryan Dombal accurately pointed out, Karen O’s ambiguous syntax leaves meaning to the listener. Is she saying “Skeleton Me”, aka invisible, or “Skeleton: me”, aka both the same. Is she saying “love don’t go”, aka love is steadfast, or is she pleading “love, don’t go"? Whichever meaning you project, “Skeletons” is a perfect reintroduction to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Skeletons"






Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Skeletons"