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  • Audio CD (June 15 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi, Import
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B00006NVTY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

1. Machine - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
2. Graveyard - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
3. Pin (remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
I'd like to appologize for knocking the group The Kills on my last review I wrote about the Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs,and their Yeah,Yeah,Yeah EP,so just consider that a type-O,or something.Because their actually a really good band.As a matter of fact,if you love this band,you should also really like The Kills.I don't appologize however,for knocking the other band's.In my opinion they're as generic,and lame as the day is long.Now this band on the other hand is totally amazing,just because of the fact you can't really pigeon hole them as any particular sound.Unlike the White Stripes that sound like the 80's,and that Oingo Boingo,Duran Duran,stuff that I personally can't stand!Or Green Day,and the Clash sounding nightmare,in which has many kiddie follower's,band wise,and otherwise.Yet with the Yeah,Yeah,Yeahs,you can just take them for what you hear them as.If you like Punk Rock,there's a bit of that sound in there.Although I thank my lucky star's a small amount,because if it sounded any more punk I would of had to break this album.Only because I hate Punk Rock!Now that's just my personal opinion,and I'm entitled that,but my point is,this band is kind of like a swiss army knife,which means you can take it for whatever sound you want,and say to yourself,yep,that's why I like this band.Personally I can't see how someone could dislike this band.They've got a great singer,to say the least,a super creative song structure,spunk,energy,attitude without being to harsh,but tough enough to not be considered bubble gum rock.
Now to me that is an amazing style,that's totally hard to maintain,and is also totally mixed.I personally like them for their kind of loungy yet hyper sound.And coupled also with Karens energetic,carefree vocal stylings.It's almost as if she could sing no wrong.
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Format: Audio CD
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 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.
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Format: Audio CD
I challenged myself to write this review in the time it took to play through this latest offering from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but all I could come up with was this little haiku:
Nothing like first disc
Awful sound offends the ear
Seven crap minutes
Allow me, for a moment, to speak candidly about economics, from one consumer to another. Seven minutes is not a lot of music, and the suggested retail price of this EP, with tax, is about seven dollars. I can brush my teeth for more than seven minutes, and I don't even get paid for that. Granted, a price tag may be no reason to pan a disc-- especially with technology being what it is nowadays-- but it's sure as hell a reason not to buy one, and so I caution you, gentle readers, pay not for this album. From an economics perspective, it's trash.
But before you YYY's fans put on your letter-writing hats and cry, "Capitalism made me do it!", know this: Machine disappoints on an almost unprecedented number of levels, and its unfortunate length is the least of its problems. On Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O and her bad boys from Brooklyn combined just a guitar, drums, and a few teasy-sleazy pouts to create a sprawling, stomping, hook-spewing monster. It was a mixed bag overall, but one that yielded a few kernels of decency and left many, myself included, anxious for more.
As a follow-up, however, Machine seems designed to wrong all rights; there's barely a whiff of the old swagger, Nick Zinner's once-massive guitar hooks are nearly inaudible, and "Art Star" alone has more songwriting creativity in its middle finger than all of these tracks put together.
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By David Barnett on Nov. 27 2002
Format: Audio CD
After reading the one existing customer review for "Machine" I thought that I should maybe voice my defense of the newest YYY offering.
First, anyone thinking of buying this single should know that it is nothing more than that, A SINGLE. This is not an EP, and to compare it to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' previous EP would be apples and oranges. Yes, their eponymous EP was phenomonal, and it clearly set the bar very high for what they would release next, however it would simply be unfair to compare this single with it.
As far as I am concerned, a great single should have two things. 1) A great leading song and 2) a couple of relevant if not amazing B-sides that are entertaining and fasciniting if nothing else. To me, it seems clear that "Machine" fits the first requirement. I disagree with the previous reviewer, I think that the song 'Machine' might be one of the best things the YYY's have ever written, and clearly is as good if not better than the best tracks on the EP like 'art star' and 'our Time.' Sure, the production is a little different than that of those tracks, but I think a more full production actually greatly helps their sound, and hope that when their album comes out they find a nice mix of the lofi sound of their ep and the more glossy sheen of 'Machine.'
Now, the B-sides are a slightly different matter, and why this single stays 'good' and never becomes great. There are only two, when more could probably have been included. Plus, while one is interesting if a bit of a tease at 2 minutes ('PIN', which brings in some cool electro/ambient elements), the other ('Graveyard') is pretty much a throwaway. Still, considering that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have aleady said that no songs from here or the EP will land on the album AND that this can be found for 3 or 4 bucks if you know where to look, as far as I am concerned this a great buy.
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