Yeah Yeah Yeahs - The Is Is
(Review of single "Down Boy")
This is the lead track from the forthcoming EP ‘Is Is’ (RELEASED 23/7/07), a collection of old songs that were penned in 2004. However, it still represents the YYY’s current spirit and is sure to continue the trend that EPs have been very good for this American trio.
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on 2007-10-18 paperslut Said:
Is Is is a collection of songs recorded between the bands' debut and their 2006 release Show Your Bones, and therefore, represents the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their tumultuous peak. Yet, it's far more than just an interlude. In fact, it could be their best pressing yet.
Sure Fever To Tell was raw, brash and sexual, but at the crux of the matter was a band that didn't couldn't see further than ripping cries and heavily gained up guitars. Then things began to fall apart and eventually we had a situation of understanding; both personal and musical. The result was Is Is. The difference is that though Ms O still rips it in, there's a curbed carelessness that amplifies songs. 'Down Boy' is a perfect example. Where Messrs Zinner and Chase would've blown the thing apart, we find tempered scales, especially in the verse.
Show Your Bones saw the decidedly quieter YYYs, slightly apprehensive and far more cautious; the wrong side of the spectrum. Which is why, when you hear the perfect middle ground of Is Is, you're hearing this threesome at their best.