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Universal acclaim- based on 75 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 68 out of 75
  2. Negative: 6 out of 75

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  1. OliverI
    May 11, 2003
    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.
  2. GenevieveB
    May 8, 2003
    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.
  3. KirkB
    May 7, 2003
    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!
  4. ElaineM
    May 9, 2003
    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.
  5. ColleenC
    Apr 21, 2004
    This album was the best I've ever had
  6. KleftonA
    Jun 6, 2003
    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.
  7. DavidQ
    Jul 30, 2003
    I love Karen O's vocal riffs not to mention the beats that their drummer slams to.
  8. DaveO
    Feb 2, 2004
    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.
  9. marsh88
    Apr 24, 2006
    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.
  10. AmandaD
    Apr 7, 2006
    amazing sound.
  11. AlexandraF
    Jul 19, 2007
    The whole thing is unusual but especially fantastic.
  12. maxmax
    Nov 16, 2003
    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!
  13. BrandonH
    Apr 15, 2006
    The sound that Karen O is sometimes bigger than is still electric enough to escape the dreaded sophomore slump label. A lot of fun.
  14. ClifC
    Mar 13, 2009
    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".
  15. Dec 16, 2010
    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-
  16. Mar 24, 2012
    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.

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]