Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Fever To Tell


Part 2 of our Yeah Yeah Yeahs miniseries. We investigate the 2003 full length, “Fever To Tell.”

When you investigate something already proven iconic,  through time, through acclaim, even through the literature it inspires, like “Fever To Tell,” you have to change your focus. You have to ask a different type of question.

It could be about band narrative, and how the album kind of illustrates some portion of their personal journeys. It could be this big, historical look, an overemphasis on context, you could say. 

I don’t know if this conversation and stage of our journey falls into any one category. I do know we were slightly obsessed with HOW it works. The, no pun intended, map of the record. The guts of it, not dissimilar to what’s pulled out of Karen O’s body on that cover art. 

Sophie Kemp wrote for NPR about this record. Awesome piece and one we used for inspiration. And she said, “Women's songwriting is described as ‘vulnerable’ and ‘raw,’ instead of being seen as a study, as work and practice.”

And I was focused on that idea that it’s a study. That it’s constructed in a certain way. It’s not just a vulnerable release of emotion that makes it exciting. It's construction is what makes it exciting. And that’s just as important as the 1-liners. That’s just as important as the opening riff to “Maps.”

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Christopher Lantinen