Fever to Tell

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Fever to Tell
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell.png
Studio album by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Released April 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
Studio Headgear Studio
(Brooklyn, New York)
Length 37:25
Label Interscope
Yeah Yeah Yeahs chronology
Fever to Tell
Show Your Bones
Singles from Fever to Tell
  1. "Date with the Night"
    Released: April 14, 2003
  2. "Pin"
    Released: July 22, 2003
  3. "Maps"
    Released: February 10, 2004
  4. "Y Control"
    Released: June 1, 2004

Fever to Tell is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It was released on April 29, 2003, by Interscope Records. It was produced by David Andrew Sitek and mixed by Alan Moulder. Four singles were issued, the first being "Date with the Night".

Fever to Tell was both a critical and commercial success; it has sold one million copies worldwide.


The album was recorded in Brooklyn and then mixed in London by band guitarist Nick Zinner and sound engineer Alan Moulder (who had previously worked for My Bloody Valentine and Nine Inch Nails).[1]


Fever to Tell has been described as a garage rock revival,[2] indie rock,[3] and dance-punk album.[4] Journalist Jon Pareles said that the band "are closer to Siouxsie and the Banshees (but with a grin) and Led Zeppelin (but with estrogen) than to the blues". The slow closing track "Modern Romance" was compared to a Velvet Underground drone.[5] Music historian Nick Kent compared Karen O's singing style to Lydia Lunch and PJ Harvey. Kent also described the record as musically "Siouxsie Sioux jamming with Led Zeppelin".[6] Journalist Alexis Petridis remarked that "Y Control" was based on a riff from art-rockers Big Black, then transformed into spacey new-wave pop.[7]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
Blender4/5 stars[10]
Entertainment WeeklyB[11]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
Uncut5/5 stars[15]
The Village VoiceB+[16]

Fever to Tell received generally rave reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85, based on 27 reviews, which indicates "Universal acclaim".[8] In a four star review, Rolling Stone wrote: "There are half a dozen songs under three minutes on Fever to Tell, and they sound absolutely complete".[5]

Fever to Tell was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album and was certified gold in both the United States and the United Kingdom. The video for "Maps" received nominations for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the MTV2 Award at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards. The New York Times chose Fever to Tell as the best album of 2003.[17] In June 2005, the album was ranked number 89 on Spin magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Albums, 1985–2005.[18] Featuring in the 2010 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, Fever to Tell was hailed as "the coolest and cleverest record of 2003".[1] In 2009, the album was named by NME, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone the fifth, 24th, and 28th best album of the 2000s decade, respectively.[19][20][21]

As of March 2009, the album had sold over one million copies worldwide.[22] In the United States, it had sold 524,000 copies by March 2006, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[23]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. All tracks produced by David Andrew Sitek and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

2."Date with the Night"2:35
5."Black Tongue"2:59
7."Cold Light"2:16
8."No No No"5:14
10."Y Control"4:00
11."Modern Romance"7:28
Total length:37:25

2017 limited deluxe edition box set[edit]


  • Track 11 includes the hidden track "Poor Song" at the 4:25 mark, after "Modern Romance" ends at 3:15. "Poor Song" appears as a separate track on the 2017 digital deluxe remastered edition.[26]


Pin single cover.jpg
Single by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
from the album Fever to Tell
Released July 22, 2003
Format CD, 12"
Genre Indie rock, art punk
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Brian Chase, Karen Lee Orzolek, Nick Zinner
Producer(s) Unknown
Yeah Yeah Yeahs singles chronology
"Date with the Night"

"Pin" was also released as a single on July 22, 2003,[28] peaking at #29 on the UK official charts.[29] The animated video for the song was created by Tunde Adebimpe. In its review of "Fever to Tell," Allmusic noted that the song was a highlight of the album and praised the song's "bittersweet bounciness."[30] The song was less-successful than the preceding single ("Date With the Night") and the following single ("Maps"), but still performed better than "Y Control," the final single from "Fever to Tell."[31]

The single includes the B-side "Mr. You're On Fire Mr." (a Liars cover; 2:53), which is not found on any of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' full-length releases. It also includes a remix of "Rich," which is included on Fever to Tell.[28]


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Fever to Tell.[32]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Additional personnel


Chart (2003–04) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[33] 80
French Albums (SNEP)[34] 70
Irish Albums (IRMA)[35] 18
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[36] 39
Scottish Albums (OCC)[37] 12
UK Albums (OCC)[38] 13
US Billboard 200[39] 55


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Gold 205,000[41]
United States (RIAA)[42] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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