Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Gold Lion”

Due to my general lack of interest in female-led bands, I decided to delve a bit deeper into NYC’s one and only Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  I’ve had their albums for years and never quite listened with any intent to enjoy them, as weird as that sounds.  Don’t get me wrong here; I knew of the group’s accolades and that they were an entertaining background band, just never through my own headphones.  After going through their first two albums yesterday, I can confidently say that they have some really great songs under their belt, but the whole female rocker thing still doesn’t quite do it for me.

I’m not being sexist, and I believe that anybody deserves to rock if they want to.  For me, though, almost every great rock song I’ve heard sung by a girl would probably be more enjoyable sung by a guy.  That’s as far as I’ll go into my opinion there, as controversy isn’t something I’m a fan of.  It’s completely personal, and I don’t expect anyone to agree with it.  Getting back to my main point, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs  pretty much rock on every level.  Furthermore, Karen O is the only person to have challenged my beliefs on girl-rockers thus far.

I know that Fever to Tell, the band’s first album is the go-to for most people, but after listening to it followed by Show Your Bones, I would say that I much prefer the latter.  It’s not as loud and the songs seem to be better, at least to my new-ish ears.  Of course “Maps” and “Y-Control” are amazing, but nothing else really stuck from their debut, and many songs came off repetitive, yelp-y, and semi-irritating.  On the other hand, I was hooked as soon as “Gold Lion” faded from the air, and that was the point I realized that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have some real talent.  “Cheated Hearts” cemented that fact…

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion



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