Fever To Tell

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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 67 out of 76
  2. Negative: 6 out of 76

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  1. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    7
    Karen O and Co. created one of the most important albums of the decade with Fever To Tell. It wasn't until It's Blitz that they won me over. I love the energy of Fever To Tell, it has this raw, punk vibe. "Maps" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard and "Y Control" was the template of where they'd go next.
  2. Apr 25, 2012
    2
    "Maps" is a great love song, but the rest of this album is just a noise rock album striving to fit into the hipster sense of cool. Do not buy this record.
  3. Heather
    Jun 2, 2008
    3
    All but the last couple songs sound the same. Why does she need to distort her voice if she can truly sing??
  4. GregM.
    Mar 28, 2004
    3
    You guys must have heard a different record. The band does not deserve all they hype they're receiving, nor all the acclaim the critics are shoveling their way. They put out monotonous, unimaginative pseudo-punk propped-up by Karen O's sneer and swagger. And frankly, the whole thing is a bore. Strip away "maps," and all you have is another lame White Stripes knockoff novelty You guys must have heard a different record. The band does not deserve all they hype they're receiving, nor all the acclaim the critics are shoveling their way. They put out monotonous, unimaginative pseudo-punk propped-up by Karen O's sneer and swagger. And frankly, the whole thing is a bore. Strip away "maps," and all you have is another lame White Stripes knockoff novelty record. Boo. Expand
  5. Richard
    Nov 15, 2008
    3
    Ear aching noise. i smashed the CD to pieces after 3 listens.
  6. OliverI
    May 11, 2003
    9
    E! Online isn't for shit. "Fever to Tell" is, alongside the Libertines' "Up the Bracket," one of the most stunning debut albums of the year. "Black Tongue" and "Man" ooze with energy, but the real showstopper is closer "Modern Romance," all mournful lyrics and beautifully eerie backward guitars.
  7. GenevieveB
    May 8, 2003
    10
    karen o has saved rock and roll. she spits, she screeches but remains blissfully innocent to lal the hype. sounds like a gorgeous train wreck.
  8. KirkB
    May 7, 2003
    10
    Karen O's voice is so raw! The original sound of the YYY's is awe-inspiring. A truly class album! YYY's will be on the Radio 1 satge at Reading on Sunday 24th August and are likely to steal the thunder from headliners The Music. Buy this album!
  9. ElaineM
    May 9, 2003
    10
    This album has a song for every mood, from the loud and almost hilarious "Tick" to the peaceful "Modern Romance," by getting this CD, you can't go wrong.
  10. ColleenC
    Apr 21, 2004
    10
    This album was the best I've ever had
  11. BrianM
    May 13, 2003
    7
    Lacking the intensity of their self-titled EP, Fever to Tell is satisfying, but not great.
  12. KleftonA
    Jun 6, 2003
    10
    Truly a classic. This CD is awesome. I love. It is soft and loud and I even hear something slightly reminiscent to the Chili Peppers. "Rich" and "No, No, No" are great songs. Every minute is good, and it is all around great.
  13. DavidQ
    Jul 30, 2003
    10
    I love Karen O's vocal riffs not to mention the beats that their drummer slams to.
  14. TeRiS
    Sep 5, 2003
    8
    Upbove average album. Highly-original, and the lyrics symbolize the life of a modern woman. Not a fake image at all. Its what the rock is all about.
  15. DaveO
    Feb 2, 2004
    10
    Yes! Yes! Yes! Excellent disc. First time I've ever kept hitting play again and again, no skips, over and over, all in one evening. Can't wait to see them live next month.
  16. CurranFolkers
    Mar 11, 2004
    8
    On a scale from one to awesome on the other hand I would go with super-great!
  17. [Anonymous]
    Apr 14, 2004
    8
    i wasn't crazy about them, but my friend brought me to a concert of theirs and it was amazing. They are NOT a whitestripes knockoff. Maybe you have to see them live to appreciate them, but you can tell that there is something special here.
  18. RobertA
    Aug 3, 2004
    8
    yeah, this cd is pretty great. good enough for me to give it an 8.
  19. wanker
    Feb 18, 2006
    8
    i didnt know the white stripes had released another album, OH wait its just another rip off. a pretty good one though
  20. marsh88
    Apr 24, 2006
    9
    I love the YYY's. i got there "Show Your Bones" album before this one, so it was big breath of freakish air from a band that sounds so much calmer on the usually slow, but nonetheless amazing "show Your Bones". It took 3 listens for me to get used to it, and i can'tsto listening to them! i recoment both there albums, and there EP's.
  21. AmandaD
    Apr 7, 2006
    10
    amazing sound.
  22. AlexandraF
    Jul 19, 2007
    9
    The whole thing is unusual but especially fantastic.
  23. maxmax
    Nov 16, 2003
    10
    a breath of fresh air. loud, sloppy, youthful and brilliant. this band was meant to happen. "Rich" "Date with the Night" "Tick" playful and raw. "Man" and "Maps" masterpieces. this is a young band. long live the Yeah Yeah Yeahs!
  24. PatricioR
    May 15, 2003
    8
    I like the album. It's a solid effort. Good songs, a lot of strength. The peak of the record is Maps, a great song, emotional. Other high points are Y Control, Black Tongue, Rich. What it's important about The Yeah yeah yeahs is that they sound honest, powerful, and very solid. The singer is great. One of the best albums of 2003 along with last Blur's masterpiece, Think Tank.
  25. BrandonH
    Apr 15, 2006
    9
    The sound that Karen O is sometimes bigger than is still electric enough to escape the dreaded sophomore slump label. A lot of fun.
  26. ClifC
    Mar 13, 2009
    9
    The girl has a voice! Her shouts are very musical, a bit like Björk but in a style totally different. The music is almost perfect: very catchy despite the unusual style (in a commercial sense, 'course). Standout tracks: "Rich", "Date with the Night" (this one is like 11/10), "Tick" and "Y-Control".
  27. ZachO
    Dec 29, 2004
    7
    An amazing effort, to often blinded by experiment. Fever to Tell opens strong with grungy pop-metal noise, and then fades into a yyy style ballad record. This would be beautiful, if not for the slight stumbling on the way. Tracks like "Man" and "No, No, No" get in the way, while being good at first and then quickly becoming monotonous and annoying. One has simply to press the fast forward An amazing effort, to often blinded by experiment. Fever to Tell opens strong with grungy pop-metal noise, and then fades into a yyy style ballad record. This would be beautiful, if not for the slight stumbling on the way. Tracks like "Man" and "No, No, No" get in the way, while being good at first and then quickly becoming monotonous and annoying. One has simply to press the fast forward button to escape these and get to the core of the album, songs like "Pin" which is an exstatic ride through love and relationships. A great album in need of more guidance and direction. Expand
  28. Dec 16, 2010
    9
    The Yeah Yeah Yeah's debut album is nothing short of astonishing. It mixes punk-rock with Karen O's beautiful vocals. The guitar riffs are catchy and the drum beats are amazing. The first three songs are great songs. And "Maps" is just a beautiful song. All In All, Fever To Tell is a great debut album. A-
  29. Mar 24, 2012
    10
    This might be the most complete rock 'n' roll album ever recorded. It's an overused cliche but there actually are no bad songs on this record. It goes from strength to strength. Anyone who listens to 'Black Tongue' while driving and doesn't crash from overexcitement probably isn't human. 'Maps' might be the best song ever recorded, no fooling. If you don't own this then your life isn't complete.
  30. Jul 5, 2012
    7
    Good overall. It's got a handful of really cracking tunes on it, a couple of dreary numbers we could have done without and then it's got some tracks that have a lot of noise and a some screechy vocals that do nothing for me. Worth listening through for the highlights though which for me are Rich, Maps and Y Control
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Capable punk rock with a slightly skuzzy, yet unmistakably pop edge.
  2. While not quite the epochal showing demanded by its creation, the album holds out an impressive range with a few different directions to follow.
  3. 80
    The songs on Fever to Tell swerve like they're being followed by the police, constantly changing and transforming. [May 2003, p.124]