This is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ second album, and as fitting a sequel to their debut as can get: It is the yin to “Fever to Tell”s yang. Where “Fever to Tell” and “Maps” dealt with the awkwardness of falling love, “Show Your Bones” deals with the heartbreak that follows. The songs are subdued, the lyrics cryptic, but their softness is strong-“Dudley” has influences from Sonic Youth; “Cheated Hearts” is a big ballad. “Mysteries” has a punk bite to it that’s more cheeky than the rest of the album. Altogether, it’s a solid, ambitious second album, and Karen O and Nicholas Zinner fans everywhere will love this vinyl version. Interscope.
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