Yeah Yeah Yeahs — Maps

from Fever to Tell ℗ 2003 Interscope Records


This track is included in the first full length album — and my personal favourite album by them — of the New York’s indie art punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell.

The album was released in 2003 and they later started opening for bigger act such as The Strokes and The White Stripes, earning their place in the art-y garage punk scene of New York and generated several positive buzz around the music scene United States in general. The band was later nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album and certified gold in UK, and became The New York Times’ Album of the Year.

Photo : Huck Magazine

This track, which also their very first (“Maps”) is crowned at number 7 in the “100 Best Songs in the 2000s” by Rolling Stone magazine, which described…

How often do we get a fiery soul ballad and an art-punk classic in the same song? Karen O testifies to the power of love as if she’s miraculously channeling Siouxsie and Sam Cooke at the same time. She wails the word “wait” with a heartsick ache, while Nick Zinner’s guitar and Brian Chase’s drums ride to her emotional rescue.

…and I think that’s the best description for the track that you need to hear.

Their music video for first “Maps” also nominated at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the MTV2 Award.

Later in 2009, the album was chosen as the number 5 album in Best Album of the Decade by NME. So, if you never really get into the Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandwagon before, this album is a pretty good album to start.

You can listen to this track from their official youtube channel here. Get the track from iTunes, here.


Maps is featured in Fever to Tell ℗ 2003 Interscope Records

Reference & Further Readings

Wikipedia page of Fever to Tell, here.

Review of Fever to Tell by fuzzyheadphones, here.

“100 Best Songs of the 2000s” on the Rolling Stone, here.


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