Mosquito [+digital booklet]
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Mosquito [+digital booklet]

April 16, 2013

Song Title
Under The Earth
These Paths
Area 52
Buried Alive [feat. Dr. Octagon]
Wedding Song
Digital Booklet: Mosquito

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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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,056 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Middle-of-the-Road Effort April 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critics be damned May 15, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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 left0field 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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Less Cohesion, Less Energy April 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album July 8, 2013
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I love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. While this definitely isn't their best album, it is still very good. Each album they have put out is progressively more mellow so if you're into that then you would probably give this album 5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous!
I love this cd!! Very good! A very talented group, indeed. A song about mosquitoes? about aliens? sign me up!
Published 1 month ago by Uncle Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars It's just great.
I love the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and I can't stop listening to this album. A few of the songs are really visceral, but "Slave" is probably my favorite.
Published 2 months ago by GrizzlyAnk
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
Starts of strong and only gets better. I've listened to this many times and keep coming back to it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lala
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality
Not quite as good as the past YYYs albums, but it's the YYYs, so I'm not complaining! Great stuff! Keep it coming, Karen O!
Published 3 months ago by Sammy K.
1.0 out of 5 stars What have they done ???
Yeah Yeah Yeahs has been one of my favorite bands ever since I first heard "Fever to Tell".
However with each album since then I have liked them a little less each... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gomez knows all
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
I had heard that this album was a bit softer than most, however this isn't the case entirely, Karen O puts a proper edge to several tunes as always. Read more
Published 3 months ago by sam perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't fond of the cover art - looks like a Cabbage Patch Doll. But...
Really cool. So glad to get new material out of these guys. I'm loving this one and listen to it over and over.
Published 4 months ago by shoppergirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Mosquito cry, Mosquito die
those lyrics pretty much sum up this release. I cried, and mosquito died, after the first track. I really like this band. I own all their music. But I'm not a sycophant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RSD
4.0 out of 5 stars A great progression from an always stellar band
Been a fan of YYY for a long time now. I loved the raw feel of Fever to Tell. Show Your Bones marked a change in style, and they really made an album with substance there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ian Ragsdale
5.0 out of 5 stars i can't stop loving the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
This record does not disappoint! The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are one of my favorite bands and I think they can do no wrong. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brooke E Flesner
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