Fever to Tell

Fever to Tell  is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, released on April 29, 2003 by Interscope Records.  It was produced by David Andrew Sitek and mixed by Alan Moulder.  Four singles were issued, the first being “Date with the Night”.  Fever to Tell was both a critical and commercial success: it has sold one million copies worldwide.  (More from Wikipedia)
I was in Virgin Records in New Orleans not long after I moved to the Coast and heard Fever to Tell (2003) by Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing live in the store and immediately snapped it up. The two opening tracks, “Rich” and “Date with the Night” are favorites of mine, as are “Maps” and “Y Control”. 
Fever to Tell was the band’s first full album, after releasing an EP called Yeah Yeah Yeahs in late 2001. The album has an amazing variety of songs, with several snarling, noisy tracks interspersed with quieter numbers. There is an interesting reason for this; as reported in the review of the album by Heather Phares for Allmusic: “Interestingly, the moody, romantic songs on Fever to Tell are the most genuine; before its release, Karen O hinted that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ new material would reflect the fact that she fell in love prior to making the album. ‘Pin’ and ‘Y Control’ have great guitar lines and a unique, bittersweet bounciness; while the unabashedly gorgeous, sentimental ‘Maps’ is not only among the band’s finest work but one of the best indie/punk love songs in a long, long time.”
In another move out of left field, Karen O wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs for the soundtrack of the Spike Jonze film, Where the Wild Things Are that is based on the beloved 1963 children’s book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. Her work is identified on the soundtrack as “Karen O and the Kids”; my sister Julie W. Kovasckitz is a fan and had no idea that Karen Os band Yeah Yeah Yeahs was responsible for those snarling songs on Fever to Tell. All Is Love” from this soundtrack (co-written by Karen O and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) was nominated for a Grammy
(June 2017)
Last edited: April 3, 2021