Universal - 2006 - 43 minutes

Those who voted with their eyes and decided that Yeah Yeah Yeahs were just another haircut band to be avoided will be surprised to hear that the benefits of 'Show Your Bones' are a bit more than just fringe.

Three years on from their over-hyped debut, the trio of singer Karen O, guitarist Nick Zinner and drummer Brian Chase return as better songwriters with more to offer anyone who has come to regard music press adulation with the same enthusiasm as navigating the contents of Sunday nights on the pavements of Monday morning Dublin.

The singles will be drawn from the chorus and guitar heavy first half, but 'Show Your Bones' becomes more interesting the longer it goes on. From the sixth track 'Dudley' to 'Turn Into', Yeah Yeah Yeahs challenge themselves, with country and acoustic balladry providing an alluring platform for O to show the intimacy and range of her voice.

It's only on the dreadful 'Mysteries' - think Alfalfa from 'The Little Rascals' fronting The White Stripes - that they lose the momentum and while this album does little that PJ Harvey and others haven't done to more enduring and electrifying effect, it suggests that Yeah Yeah Yeahs could have more meat on their bones than many gave them credit for.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Gold Lion - Way Out - Fancy - Phenomena - Honeybear - Cheated Hearts - Dudley - Mysteries - The Sweets - Warrior - Turn Into - De Ja Vu (Bonus Track)