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Digital Booklet: Mosquito
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Release Date: April 16, 2013
  • Label: Interscope
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Yeah Yeah Yeahs under exclusive license to Interscope Records in the U.S.A.
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  • Total Length: 47:27
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  • ASIN: B00C7EVPNS
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,115 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One thing you can't accuse Yeah Yeah Yeahs of is being stale. Each album since their explosive debut has managed to find the band maturing and dipping their feet in various genres and styles. While these experiments may have been met with mixed reaction from some circles it's also shown them to be a group that refuses to box themselves into a corner. Mosquito is a mixture of everything they've done before while simultaneously exploring new soundscapes, yet it doesn't grab you or explode from your speakers the way you hope it will. Aside from the bizarre cover art the rest of the album merely skids by and the end result is an uneven effort that feels half-baked.

"Sacrilege" is a bold choice for an opening track and first single, complete with its gospel choir and funky groove. Initially this track seemed very weak but repeated listens definitely reward the listener and I've grown to like it thoroughly, though it lacks the kick that some of their previous singles have contained. Unfortunately the album screeches to a halt with "Subway", which contains some great atmosphere but plods along at a slow and meandering pace as if it were a plane that never leaves the runway. Thankfully the album's title tracks gives the flow a big shot in the arm and puts the band's famous energy on display, albeit in a more controlled fashion. "Under the Earth" features some synth work that reminiscent of It's Blitz! and certainly wouldn't have been out of place on that record; here it just passes by and leaves me in a neutral state. I don't really love or hate it. It's just there.

In fact, "it's just there" is an apt description of Mosquito as a whole. Songs like "Slave" and "These Paths" ride a wave of synth, funky drum grooves, and subtle guitar but fail to make an indelible impression.
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As a fan of Kool Keith, it's enough for me that he rose to the occasion, and in some small way redeemed my feelings about the LCD Soundsystem guy's production.

Critics hated this, it would seem, due to it's campy song ideas, and limited hi-fi dynamics, but by featuring the king of left-field rappers on a song, the inspiration for these ideas seems less out-of-the-blue.

I'm still having fun listening to this album, after roughly five plays of the whole thing. I keep waiting for that point when I grow annoyed with songs about aliens, mosquito, being buried alive, etc, but at some point you have to ask yourself if you really want more songs about essentially the same topic that every song by anyone has ever been about, love. Maybe you do, so you can relate better, but I refuse to believe that any of these songs on this album are purely literal, and the last thing I want is a mere re-tread of their last album.

Every great songwriter has to get bored. What initially seemed like very odd lyric choices by John and Paul, later turned out to be cornerstones of an overall indisputably vital songbook. Perhaps it's presumptuous to compare Mosquito to I Am the Walrus or Buried Alive to Yellow Submarine, but it's also presumptuous to discredit them on the first listen.

To each their own, but I love this equally, if not more, than the rest of their catalog.
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Here's my first impression of Mosquito: "gee whiz, what a terrible, terrible, terrible, album cover." Sure, this has nothing to do with the actual music of the Yeah Yeah Yeah's 4th studio album, but the image of the bursting egg on It's Blitz! is one of my all-time favorite cover art. Luckily Mosquito's music is much, much better than the cover art would suggest.

I've listened to Mosquito several times now, and I can't quite put my finger on what seems to be missing here. With the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' previous three records, there was a raw, indomitable spirit to the music. It was music that was confident and sure, sometimes brash, sometimes carefully poignant, but it almost always felt inspired. Mosquito, on the other hand, feels at times like a collection of B-Sides. All of the ingredients are there, but something about the songwriting just seems bored or made-by-committee. For the most part, this album is relaxed, but when it does become up-tempo, there's something false about it, like a band going through the motions.

The album opens with "Sacrilege," a funky, soulful tune that does show the band stepping a bit out of their comfort zone. Directly after "Sacrilege," the second track "Subway" represents where the band goes wrong on this album -- the song is a mostly minimalist affair that doesn't have much spark to it. The lyrics are okay, the instrumentation is okay, the tempo isn't fast or slow -- it's just a normal, boring track. "Mosquito", the title track, features Karen O. delivering some of the most bland lyrics of the band's career, and while some elements of the song come close to greatness (the chorus is THIS close to being fantastic) it ultimately falls short. "These Paths" not only suffers from boring instrumentation, but Karen O.
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I dont know if their music is an aquired taste but for me its a sound that just makes me wanna move and get wild ! This collection of new songs along with Karen O new hair color does not disappoint at all . The first single Sacrelidge and the title track Mosquito are the tracks being pushed on Alt radio right now , but I can see more to follow from this cd . If your a fan ..... your gonna get it ! If your new to this band , their music and her voice is not everyones cup of tea .... but it is worth a listen !
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