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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 88 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 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 »