Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Mosquito


3.5
great

Review

by JoeJANB USER (10 Reviews)
April 13th, 2013 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A return to form.

It’s been a long, long time since we heard from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Four years ago, the group released their third album, the glittering It’s Blitz! with an agenda: they wanted to take the charts. Indeed, it was brimming with sure-fire chart successes waiting to happen – ‘Zero’, ‘Heads Will Roll’, ‘Skeletons’ – but it simply didn’t happen, the best of those stalling at #49 in the UK. It took the group four years to decide where to go next – whether to have another bash at mainstream success or return to their alt-rock roots. They’ve actually chosen secret option three: Mosquito is stripped-down, synth-dashed indie-rock – and it’s incredibly good fun.

The group have gone for a lo-fi aesthetic across the record. From the get-go it’s clear the group are keen to wipe away the pomp of It’s Blitz! on leading single ‘Sacrilege’. Karen O’s vocals are distorted, the instrumentation kept simple and left pretty bare. The drum-machines that dominated the group’s previous album remain, but again they’re thinner, and delightfully tinny. Even softer ballads like ‘Subway’ are built around purposefully simplistic rhythms from entry-level drum machines. ‘Mosquito! Mosquito!’ whispers Karen ominously set to jungle beats on the album’s title track, but it’s not always this urgent – there’s the beautiful ‘Wedding Song’ which lulls the album to a close. The vocalist’s full range is utilised, the trippy ‘Slave’ filled with trademark wails – that track is also one of the few obvious cuts of another Yeah Yeah Yeahs staple – a delightful Nick Zinner guitar riff. The whole record comes together well as a cohesive record, and Brian Chase’s percussion is similarly energised. Whereas It’s Blitz! was at times calculated and robotic (which was it’s intention), Mosquito feels like more of a human effort – tracks rise and fall more naturally, and the likes of ‘Area 52′ recall the band’s playful and more abrasive side – something we haven’t really seen since their first EP in 2001. As a result it’s dirty basslines and spiky choruses are much more involving; Mosquito’s aesthetic is a distinctive one in the group’s catalogue.

Above all else, Mosquito strikes you as being a reaction to everything the group saw unfold since 2009. It’s a bold album, with much more character than the group’s previous efforts. You get the sense that Karen, Zinner and Chase have needed these four years to fall back in love with what they do, and with Mosquito as the end product that’s four years well spent. It’s a revitalised return to form and that’s largely down to the decision to strip everything back and start again. Indeed, in returning to the days when perhaps all they could afford was crappy drum-machines and dreadful keyboards, they’ve recaptured the inspiration that made them such an interesting and distinctive group way back in 2001.



Recent reviews by this author
Boards of Canada Tomorrow's HarvestBoxed Wine Cheap, Fun
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the CityPhoenix Bankrupt!
Mudhoney Vanishing PointPhosphorescent Muchacho
user ratings (194)
2.7
average
other reviews of this album
Rudy K. STAFF (2.5)
Splat....



Comments:Add a Comment 
Calc
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2013


16682 Comments


one of the more disturbing album arts ive seen

Digging: Wilmette - Wilmette- EP

Skoop
April 13th 2013


2176 Comments


yeah what the hell is that?

Aids
April 13th 2013


24461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I totally forgot this was coming out soon. Is there a stream somewhere?

demigod!
April 13th 2013


49299 Comments


yeah yeah yeahs were cool but i wasnt crazy about blitz. i prefer their fuzzy indie-punkish kinda stuff. maybe i'll check this but idk

Aids
April 13th 2013


24461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh man it's been streaming for over a week, how did I miss this?

Cygnatti
April 13th 2013


33750 Comments


Thought this was super gimmicky.

Digging: White Suns - Sinews

demigod!
April 13th 2013


49299 Comments


used to be crazy about these guys in high school

Spec
April 13th 2013


35994 Comments


They posses a good sound.

Aids
April 14th 2013


24461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm digging this. Definitely less than It's Blitz!, but there is definitely some minor diggage happening here.



Surprised this has so many mediocre ratings and not very many 4 or above.

clercqie
April 14th 2013


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is anything but a return to form...

Aids
April 14th 2013


24461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

two point oh nigga whaaaaaaaat

Ire
April 14th 2013


41945 Comments


shut up aids i hate u

clercqie
April 14th 2013


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is almost as bad as the latest Bloc Party. The first two songs rule and that's it.

North0House2
April 14th 2013


6071 Comments


I hate the album art.

Tyrael
April 14th 2013


21112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^^^

Aids
April 14th 2013


24461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"The first two songs rule and that's it."



I actually thought the album got stronger towards the end. At first I wasn't liking it so much, especially considering that It's Blitz! have the best first 2 tracks ever omg.



But yeah I found this to be very back-loaded. Great album, I love this band.

clercqie
April 15th 2013


6521 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Eh, I found that they're just starting to sound like a parody of their older selves. That and the fact that the songs are played purely on routine. Idk, the best word I find to describe this is safe - and not a single one of their former albums could be described by that.

RadicalEd
April 15th 2013


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eh, I found that they're just starting to sound like a parody of their older selves. That and the fact

that the songs are played purely on routine. Idk, the best word I find to describe this is safe - and

not a single one of their former albums could be described by that.



Although maybe to a lesser extent... this ^.



It's blitz was such a huge step forward and this just sounded uninspired.



Also album art is... ugh...

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
April 15th 2013


57430 Comments


I believe you clerc

Digging: Charli XCX - How I'm Feeling Now

RadicalEd
April 15th 2013


9546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Although i gotta say. Sacrilege fucking kicks ass.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2019 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy