Much buzz has surrounded the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and their debut EP which piqued my interest in the band. After hearing "Machine" on the radio, I was interested enough to lay down some cash for one of their EPs. I ended up with the Machine EP simply because they wanted $15 bucks for the self-titled EP which really didn't make a difference; I wanted to hear "Machine" again. Once I got this cd out of the wrapper and eagerly popped it in my cd player, I sat down ready to enjoy what I hoped would be a great cd.
The first track, Machine, was as good the second time around with surf-inspired verses speeding towards the melt-down chorus, only to build back up into another verse. Karen O's voice on this track swells with a strong sexual undertones. The second track, however, was a huge let down. Sounding more like a mish-mash of distortion and an attempt at melody then an indie rock gem, it was a painful couple of minutes that just seemed to drag. At this point I had laid all my hope into the last song..and my hope was lost. A quiet, spacey sounding song..it sounded more like the band was asleep at their instruments than anything else. The first track is absolutely amazing, in my opinion, but the other two aren't nearly as good and are(luckily) easily forgotten. I haven't heard the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' first EP so I have no comparison but I can only hope that their full-length won't be as bad as more than half of this release.