Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

No surprises on this five-track, 18-minute EP. Which isn’t to say it doesn’t find Yeah Yeah Yeahs in raw and roaring health, seemingly unbothered at being two albums into a major-label contract, a place where many bands these days would be preparing for whatever comes after music.

These songs were written in 2004, so fans get to hear live staples “Rockers to Swallow” and “Down Boy” in studio strength and clarity. Keeping to form, the best song is the most obviously emotional one: Though hardly a ballad, “ISIS” finds Karen O celebrating the impermanence of it all—life, love and rock—while Nick Zinner and Brian Chase cast a thick, deliberate spell of guitar and drums behind her. Might this band be in it for the long haul after all?

Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Webster Hall Tue 7.

Is Is (Interscope)