Show Your Bones

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Show Your Bones
Studio album by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Released March 27, 2006
Recorded 2005–2006 at Stay Gold Studios, Brooklyn, NYC
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock, garage punk
Length 42:14
Label Interscope (U.S.)
Polydor (UK)
Producer Squeak E. Clean, David Andrew Sitek, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs chronology
Fever to Tell
Show Your Bones
Is Is
Singles from Show Your Bones
  1. "Gold Lion"
    Released: March 21, 2006
  2. "Turn Into"
    Released: June 19, 2006
  3. "Cheated Hearts"
    Released: September 11, 2006

Show Your Bones is the second full-length album by New York indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was released on March 27, 2006 (March 28, 2006 in North America). The album was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Alternative Music Album".[1]

The album debuted at number 11 on the U.S. Billboard 200, with about 56,000 copies sold in its first week.[2]


In early 2005, the band decided to scrap all of the songs they had written for the record so far and re-invent their style. Karen O said, "We're not interested in making 'Fever To Tell Part 2'. The pressure is to re-invent ourselves. We don't know how we're going to do it yet but I think it's in our best interests to try and explore other directions." Guitarist Nick Zinner added, "It seems like a necessary step and the obvious thing to do is not repeat what you've played. I was disappointed by a lot of band's second records recently over the past year or two because it sounded like B-sides from the first record."[3]

In an interview with Blender magazine, the band said during the writing and recording that they had almost broken up, calling that time one of their "darkest" moments.

It was originally stated that the album was to be a concept album about the lead singer Karen O's cat entitled Coco Beware, but this turned out to be untrue.[4] The cat does exist, but belongs to a friend of Karen's.


The album is more subdued in tone from previous records, especially the caustic noise of their self-titled debut EP. Producer Squeak E. Clean adds subtle layers of keyboards, sirens, bells, handclaps; five of the 11 songs utilize acoustic guitar, all prominently.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (79/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly A−[7]
NME (8/10)[8]
The Observer 5/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[10]
PopMatters (9/10)[11]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[12]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[13]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[14]
Stylus Magazine B+[15]
Uncut 4/5 stars[5]
URB 5/5 stars[5]


The album has been well received by critics, having a weighted average rating of 79/100 (generally favorable reviews), according to Metacritic, based on 35 reviews.[5]

Most reviews were positive: E! Online gave the album an A− and said, "The group cuts through style in pursuit of substance, using Fever to Tell's slow-burning hit 'Maps' as a jump-off point."[5] The Village Voice gave it a positive review and said it wasn't "the Yeahs' Room on Fire. Far from it."[16] Los Angeles Times gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of four and called it "minimalist rock with real feeling and a subversive, epic range."[5] The A.V. Club gave it a B+ and said, "As before, the band's willingness to ground itself in human emotion sets it apart."[17] Playlouder gave it a score of four stars out of five and said: "If 'Fever To Tell' was a scratchy post punk effort, then this is their gothic record."[18] Alternative Press also gave it four stars out of five and called it "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."[5] musicOMH likewise gave the album four stars out of five and called it "the sound of a bang irretrievably, irresistibly and deservedly hurtling towards the big time."[19] BBC Collective likewise gave it four stars out of five and simply said: "Short answer: it’s good."[20]

Yahoo! Music UK gave it a score of seven stars out of ten and called it "flawed, but applause for adding vulnerability to [the band's] game plan, at the very least."[21] Under the Radar also gave it seven stars out of ten and called it "a bit top-heavy" but "nonetheless rewarding".[5] Prefix Magazine also gave it a positive review and called it " much more accessible than its predecessor, but there isn't really a 'Maps' to serve as a gateway."[22]

Other reviews are very average or mixed: Blender gave the album a score of three stars out of five and said of the band: "They're after something different here--it's just not as good as what they've left behind."[5] Paste gave it a score of six out of ten and said that it was "replaced by a more temperate jangle".[5] Now gave it three stars out of five and said, "It's time to move some units, so quirky's out and tunefulness is in."[5] Billboard gave it an average review and said that "Much of the material... is more intimate and, at times, tentative."[5] The New York Times also gave it an average review and said it "doesn't confide much, but it's a picture of a band that's not quite sure what to do next."[5] The Guardian gave it two stars out of five and said that "despite finding some hooks worth pilfering, the band are still struggling to raise their game beyond White Stripes-goth-lite."[23] The Austin Chronicle also gave it two stars out of five and said, "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?"[24]


The album was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Alternative Music Album".[1] In December 2006, the album was named the second best album of the year by NME magazine, as well as "Cheated Hearts" being voted the 10th best song. Rolling Stone magazine named it the 44th best album of 2006, while Spin magazine ranked it number 31 on their 40 best albums of 2006. In 2009, Rhapsody ranked it #10 on the "Alt/Indie's Best Albums of the Decade" list.[25] NME ranked it #32 on their Top 100 Albums of the Decade list.[26]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Gold Lion"   3:07
2. "Way Out"   2:51
3. "Fancy"   4:24
4. "Phenomena"   4:10
5. "Honeybear"   2:25
6. "Cheated Hearts"   3:58
7. "Dudley"   3:41
8. "Mysteries"   2:35
9. "The Sweets"   3:55
10. "Warrior"   3:40
11. "Turn Into"   4:05



Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard 200 11
UK Albums Chart 7


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  6. ^ Allmusic review
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  11. ^ O'Neil, Tim (2006-03-27). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones". PopMatters. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
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  16. ^ Catucci, Nick (2006-03-21). "Loving the Skin They're In". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  17. ^ Phipps, Keith (2006-04-05). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  18. ^ Doran, John (2006-03-28). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones (2006) review". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 2006-09-18. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  19. ^ Murphy, John (2006-03-27). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones". musicOMH. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  20. ^ Cowdery, James (2006-03-23). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones". BBC Collective. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
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  22. ^ Sheppard, Justin (2006-03-27). "Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  23. ^ Simpson, Dave (2006-03-23). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Show Your Bones". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  24. ^ Stevens, Darcie (2006-04-14). "Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Show Your Bones (Interscope)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  25. ^ "Alt/Indie’s Best Albums of the Decade" Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  26. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the Decade".

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