Fever to Tell

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever to Tell
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2003 Ratings: #83 / 355
User Score
Based on 717 ratings
2003 Rank: #148
Liked by 110 people
April 29, 2003 / Release Date
LP / Format
Interscope / Label
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Fever To Tell is, quite simply, magnificent ... This is as revitalising a debut as could be hoped for.


Though this is their debut album, Fever to Tell almost feels like a transitional release; they're already rethinking their sound in radical ways. Even when they're uneven, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are still an exciting band.

As debut albums go, it's terrific.
Rolling Stone

Now they just rock out, stripping New Wave and metal and rockabilly down to primal thrust and blare. There are half a dozen songs under three minutes on Fever to Tell, and they sound absolutely complete.

This record is full of surprises, roping in all manner of esoteria for a sweaty, beer-splattered and tune-drenched rock'n'roll party that rivals even Nevermind for balancing the pop sugar with the twisted underbelly and subtle smarts.
Q Magazine

An impressive pop artefact, propelling its creators clear of the current garage-rock morass ... It's the sound, if not the smell, of teen spirit.

Entertainment Weekly

Combine the intense vocals and thin lyrics with the speed and exuberance of the songs (most are well under three minutes) and ”Fever to Tell” feels a lot like a series of quickies — exhausting, fun, but a bit empty.


For proof that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, at their core, make a better band than they do runway trendsetters, one need look no further than Fever to Tell's singular true moment of clarity-- a tune of such moving grace I can scarcely believe they're responsible for it-- "Maps".


In a sea of Indie Rock albums that sound very similar to each other in terms of energy and sound, this album is definitely refreshing to hear,it's raw, it's genuine and it is like this album has a split personality disorder except all the personalities are really entertaining.

Idk If I fully agree to the "Garage Rock Revival" tag since it doesn't really sound like it but it's whatever. The track list ratings for this album are criminal though.

If this is really Garage Rock Revival ... read more


A decent album, but considering how good the track "Maps" is and how much I enjoyed their previous album I listened to It's Blitz along with their new singles, i feel kinda disappointed.

This album has a few fun songs like "Rich", "Tick", and "Black Tongue"
Along with "Maps" actually being a amazing song.

The rest of these tracks were either just fine, or kinda eh.
Some of the weird moaning parts in some of the tracks were just off-putting ... read more


"Fever To Tell" is pretty much Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their peak. It's pretty much early 2000's rock summed-up in one package. The instrumentation is great, the production is noisy, the songwriting is great, the hooks and melodies are ear-pulling and Karen O has to be one of the most eccentric female vocalists out there! I can't forget about "Maps" either, such a powerful, perfect tune.

Fav Tracks: Maps, Y Control, Pin, Rich, Man, No No No, Date With The Night, Tick

Least Fav ... read more


Only a couple of songs stood out, and the rest was alright


Maps is a 10/10 song

The rest is some decent punk that doesn't do it for me on an emotional level


I love Karen Songwriting on this album

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