Armed with an EP, a single, a mountain of buzz, and singer Karen O's fashion sense, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Yeah Yeah Yeahs have chosen Interscope to make their full-length debut.

Armed with an EP, a single, a mountain of buzz, and singer Karen O's fashion sense, Brooklyn, N.Y.'s Yeah Yeah Yeahs have chosen Interscope to make their full-length debut. One of the rawest-sounding major-label releases of the year, Fever to Tell bears a fleeting resemblance to the White Stripes, in that neither band has a bassist and both acts are (properly) fitted with "garage" tags. That said, the Yeahs add more disparate influences, such as indie-rock and '80s music, to their sonic pallet. Ms. O uses her voice as an instrument, at times repeating words and syllables until they lose meaning. Yet when O drops her voice to sing, like she does on the beautiful "Maps," she sounds not unlike Chrissie Hynde. Fever to Tell is well-poised to become the "cool" soundtrack to those in and well beyond the 718 area code.—BT

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