Was Cher wrong? Is it actually possible to turn back time? That's the impression you get from this tight, aggressive five-song collection from art punk's premier microphone fellator and her two henchmen. Crammed with 18 efficient minutes of material generated in the liminal period after 03's Fever To Tell, Is Is comes closer to the lusty nails-scratching-down-a-lover's back energy of Date With The Night or early Yeah Yeah Yeahs tracks like Art Star than anything on 06's Show Your Bones.
While Karen O's proven she can crush her heart in her fist with the most fragile breathy coo (see Porcelain), her greatest strength is that bloodcurdling yowl, which is in full effect on centrepiece track Isis. Straining to hit notes at the upper reaches of her range, O manages a gruesome prettiness even as she sounds like she's gargling with ground glass. Opener Rockers To Swallow is pure cock rock posturing - fun, but deliberately dumb - but the pulsating percussion and straightforward sexuality of Kiss Kiss and the vocal tricks on lithe ballad Down Boy make this more than worthwhile.