Show Your Bones - Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    The best thing about the second Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is the fact that it defies expectations, yet seems like the perfectly logical next step for such an adventurous band. [Apr 2006, p.81]
  2. Thankfully, Bones is neither a heated-up knock-off of Fever To Tell nor a fan-alienating abandonment of their signature sound. It is instead, a supremely confident 12-song cut that has a remarkable weightiness.
  3. Show Your Bones picks up where "Maps" left off, with the trio finding a middle ground between self-conscious primitivism and refined pop. [31 Mar 2006, p.60]
  4. The group cuts through style in pursuit of substance, using Fever to Tell's slow-burning hit "Maps" as a jump-off point.
  5. No, local slump-spotters, this isn't the Yeahs' Room on Fire. Far from it.
  6. Only about two hairs-breadth away from being a masterpiece.
  7. This is minimalist rock with real feeling and a subversive, epic range. [4 Mar 2006]
  8. With Show Your Bones, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have proven themselves worthy of the hype, and, more importantly, the excitement caused by an undeniably fantastic record.
  9. The few tracks on Show Your Bones that sound like they might have fit on Fever to Tell clearly constitute the new album’s weaker links.
  10. As before, the band's willingness to ground itself in human emotion sets it apart.
  11. Though they've shed the cheap - but undeniably fun - Day-Glo immediacy of 'Fever...', it's been replaced by a range of expressions that most artists will only stumble upon by their fifth release.
  12. If 'Fever To Tell' was a scratchy post punk effort, then this is their gothic record.
  13. 80
    It's only when they change pace on "Cheated Hearts" and the equally poignant "Dudley"... that Bones makes its mark as a worthy successor to Fever. [Apr 2006, p.98]
  14. Against the odds, the band have managed to keep things small and strange, and learned a few thrilling new tricks along the way. [Apr 2006, p.110]
  15. This album is, above all, a textural triumph, a quantum bounce from the brittle jitter and insect-chatter fuzz of the band's 2001 Yeah Yeah Yeahs EP and 2003's full-length Fever to Tell. It's as if the Velvet Underground had gone from the black-crusted minimalism of their first album right to the pop bloom of their fourth, Loaded.
  16. Show Your Bones is the sort of second album that, rather than being a sophomore slump, makes you anxiously wonder what albums three, four and five will sound like. [May 2006, p.176]
  17. There's no 'difficult second album' syndrome here - Show Your Bones is the sound of a bang irretrievably, irresistibly and deservedly hurtling towards the big time.
  18. It may not be the album many critics and fans were expecting from Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but it's undeniably the right record for them at the right time, a shrewd display of awareness of both craft and, more importantly, of self too often lacking in modern rock.
  19. A more shaded, musically expressive version of the continuing story of [Karen] O.
  20. It's flawed, but applause for adding vulnerability to their game plan, at the very least.
  21. The album is a bit top-heavy... But Show Your Bones is nonetheless rewarding. [#13, p.89]
  22. 70
    It's far from disappointing. [Apr 2006, p.106]
  23. Show Your Bones is much more accessible than its predecessor, but there isn't really a "Maps" to serve as a gateway.
  24. On Show Your Bones the Yeah Yeah Yeahs occupy only one corner of the territory they claimed on Fever, walking confidently in their own footsteps but without claiming any new ground.
  25. 60
    They're after something different here--it's just not as good as what they've left behind. [Apr 2006, p.110]
  26. Unfortunately, though, too much of Show Your Bones just isn't that interesting, even if it was born from genuine heartache instead of sass and attitude.
  27. Everything I loved about Fever... is minimized on this follow-up, replaced by a more temperate jangle. [Jun/Jul 2006, p.129]
  28. It's time to move some units, so quirky's out and tunefulness is in.
  29. Much of the material on the quirky "Show Your Bones" is more intimate and, at times, tentative. [1 Apr 2006]
  30. It sounds overcooked, over-thought, and overly ambitious, but such growing pains are preferable to pandering.
  31. "Show Your Bones" doesn't confide much, but it's a picture of a band that's not quite sure what to do next. [27 Mar 2006]
  32. Alas, despite finding some hooks worth pilfering, the band are still struggling to raise their game beyond White Stripes-goth-lite.
  33. Gone is the glitzy art-punk, spastic freak-out, and unfathomable screaming. Here now instead is simple melody, nasal singing, and familiar songs, which begs the question: Y Control?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 55
  2. Negative: 4 out of 55
  1. j30
    Aug 15, 2011
    Really good album. Great follow-up to Fever To Tell. It amazes me how they've evolved as a band.
  2. Jul 6, 2012
    Decent follow up to their debut Fever to Tell. There's not too much of a change but SYB is slightly less rocky and a little bit more melodicDecent follow up to their debut Fever to Tell. There's not too much of a change but SYB is slightly less rocky and a little bit more melodic but has all the trademarks that would have attracted you to the band in the first place. The early and latter parts of the records do a good job of holding up a slightly lagging middle section. Full Review »
  3. FabioL
    Sep 7, 2007
    A great album all around. Worlds different than Fever to Tell... still a masterpiece.