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  • Summary: This is the highly-anticipated debut LP for the New York art-punk trio, who have developed a fanbase and generated a great deal of publicity (not to mention a major-label deal) through a series of EPs and live performances.
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Occasionally, it feels like there’s a manipulation going on somewhere, a cloud of hype that obscures both the band’s actual virtues and its shortcomings.
  2. 90
    Easily one of the best albums of 2003. [Jul 2003, p.94]
  3. 90
    This record is full of surprises, roping in all manner of esoteria for a sweaty, beer-splattered and tune-drenched rock'n'roll party that rivals even Nevermind for balancing the pop sugar with the twisted underbelly and subtle smarts. [May 2003, p.90]
  4. An impressive pop artefact, propelling its creators clear of the current garage-rock morass.... It's the sound, if not the smell, of teen spirit. [May 2003, p.111]
  5. 80
    Credit sludgemeister Alan Moulder's mixing with fashioning this trio's graceless clamor into a pop blasterpiece (though the high-gloss context occasionally suggests a randier, more cacophonous No Doubt). [#59, p.111]
  6. Combine the intense vocals and thin lyrics with the speed and exuberance of the songs (most are well under three minutes) and ''Fever to Tell'' feels a lot like a series of quickies -- exhausting, fun, but a bit empty.
  7. All bluster and noise and no substance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. 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.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. Expand
  2. 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. 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. Expand
  3. 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 areThe 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- Expand
  4. CurranFolkers
    Mar 11, 2004
    8
    On a scale from one to awesome on the other hand I would go with super-great!
  5. 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
  6. 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 someGood 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 Collapse
  7. 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"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. Expand

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