CD: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones

(Fiction)

Whenever British pop is quiet, American output seems more exotic, which might explain why Yeah Yeah Yeahs enjoyed the brief Strokes-generated clamour for anything New York. Three years on, with exciting things happening in places like Rotherham, these Brooklyn types stand or fall on their tunes and they know it.

Like their debut, Fever to Tell, Show Your Bones has endured a tortuous birth, delivered after scrapped songs and interminable recording sessions. Alas, despite finding some hooks worth pilfering, the band are still struggling to raise their game beyond White Stripes-goth-lite. Only the rollicking Mysteries cuts loose enough for the Yeahs to sound like a band and not a glorified solo vehicle.

Proceedings are dominated by vocalist Karen O, whose ambition to be this generation's Courtney Love hasn't acquired many new tricks beyond a succession of contrived pouts and tantrums. "Sometimes I think I'm bigger than this sound," she insists. Oh Yeah? Maybe she should go on Big Brother.

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