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Fever to Tell Explicit Lyrics

3.7 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (May 6 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008VOQM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Rich
2. Date With The Night
3. Man
4. Tick
5. Black Tongue
6. Pin
7. Cold Light
8. No No No
9. Maps
10. Y Control
11. Modern Romance

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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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Finally a band has listened to the first two PJ Harvey albums and learned something! (Oddly, I bought this the same day I bought the new PJ album, which is so dull I wanted to throw it out a window.)
If there is one word to describe the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it is "aggresive." The vocals, the drums, and especially the guitars (which are a mix of, again, the first two PJ albums and, believe it or not, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine), made me leave hand imprints on my steering wheel. It makes you want to jettison far into the sea all those stupid bands getting so much radio play these days, or/and so much hype.
The Strokes, and all the Blink 182s and Sum 41s and all of these stupid sound-alike bands should hear the death bell ringing for them with this album.
If I were in any band but this one right now, I would be embarrassed for how lame I was. Seriously. It's that good. (If you like Maps, though, watch out. It's a great song, too, but it's like feeling good brushing your teeth with an electric toothbrush when the rest of the album is cutting down forests with the world's angriest chainsaw.)
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I have to admit, when I first purchased this album I didn't care for it much. I put it away for a while and then one day decided to take it back out for another listen. The more I listened to Fever To Tell, the more I liked it. It's a very unique album and can't really be compared to anything else-- "Rich" is an excellent opening track, and probably my favorite on this CD. The way Nick Zinner plays the guitar is really interesting--lots of delay and 5th chords, different tunings, etc. Their sound is rich and full without a bass player because Nick really fills things out with deep and heavy tones. The drums are awesome--most of the time a thumping rock'n'roll beat, sometimes even jazzy--Brian's drumming really helps fill out the guitar. And now, for the vocals: WILD! If you think Jimmy Page and Jack White are wild vocalists, Karen O is their female counterpart. She has the most rockin' voice- she goes into raspy, high-pitched rants in some songs... then, in "Maps", "Modern Romance" and the bonus track at the end, you hear her softer side, but her voice is still no less rock-- it's beautiful in it's uniqueness.
Check out this album-- it's really cool, and girls like Karen O make me really proud to be a female rock musician!!
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...thanks to an oustanding debut album that has turned out to be one of the best that I have purchased this year. The songs here vary from a faster tempo and being more upbeat to the later tracks that slow it down a little. Fever to Tell has a raw garage sound to it which is a big plus, and singer Karen O switches between singing, screaming and moaning very well and I think the vocals are my favorite part of this cd. What troubles me is that most of the bad reviews I have read on here say "Maps sucks so the rest of the album must suck as well". Dont review something if you have no idea of what you are reviewing, leave it to the ones that have listened to the whole album. Okay now that that is out of the way, I have to say that while Maps is a great song and fine selection for a single, it is not the best that is here. Date With The Night and Black Tongue are really good, but equally good are the slower tracks Y Control, Modern Romance and a hidden track after that one. This cd is great and it will be interesting to see how the Yeah Yeah Yeahs progress in the future. If you like the garage rock sound the this is worth a listen, and Karen O is a great vocalist so that only makes it better.
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The yeah yeah yeahs are a great band.i first seen the video for "date with the night" and later seen "maps".they were both awesome.the funny thing about this review is that i don't actually have the CD! i downloaded 7 / 11 Songs! I Never heard "man","black tongue","cold light" or "modern romance" so i won't review them. but the rest is down right GARAGE rock! the first track "rich" is cool,starts with a strange keyboard-type sound,them moves on to raw trash can drumbeats,then ends with karen saying the word "rich" about 40 times!,the next track "date with the night" is awesome,i have no idea what she means by "chow chow chow chow chow chow chow chow chow chow" but it's strange in a way i can relate to.the next track is "man" and i've never heard it.the next one is "tick",it's INCREDIBLE!,karen says the word "tick" 50 times throughout the song! she also yells the word "time" with a demented scream. i never heard "black tongue" either! okay!,but anyway "pin" is great,but even better when you have seen the video,she's being attacked by insects and robots and stuff like that.i don't know where she gets off using "bhow bhow bhow bhow bhow bhow bhow bhow,dentu,dentu,dentu,dentu" for a chorus! "No No No" is their longest song on the album.it's okay i guess,it starts off very slow,the middle is very fast,and the end is a slow shadowy song of it's own,with karen repeating "shhhhh..." over and over again! "Maps" is Cool.nick's intro-guitar line is just crazy enough to satisfy your rock needs."Y Control" is wonderful but makes no sense. what does "Y Control" mean anyway and why would you walk a winner?????? i never heard modern romance either..so pick up the album if you get the chance,and if you're under 18,get the EDITED version,just trust me on this one!
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