- Audio CD (April 16 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Limited Edition
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B00B10X9BK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
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Deluxe two CD edition includes bonus CD containing four additional tracks. 2013 release, the fourth studio album from the Alt-Rock trio. 'We would love for this music to make our fans feeeeel something, for it to stir some sh*t up inside of them, whatever that may be,' says singer Karen O. 'SO much feeling went into this record, it was the rope ladder thrown down into the ditch for us to climb up and dust ourselves off. I hope others can climb up it too; we're excited to share the good vibes.' The band, whose members were once lovingly labeled by Rolling Stone as the 'goth, the nerd and the slut' have recorded three studio albums: All 3 albums were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
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Less polemic and more powerful than previous efforts, it has a more unified theme obscured by walls of excellence.
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With "Show Your Bones," the YYYs developed a more pop sound, though their early art punk/no wave influences were still raw and heavy. Their sound was more polished, I guess you could say. With "It's Blitz!", their sound was even more polished, so much so that they almost sounded like a completely different band. They moved away from their early sound of attacking their instruments and more into experimentation into what kinds of sounds their instruments can actually make. But that visceral edge of pure energy was lost, that art punk joie de noise.
"Mosquito," in and of itself, is a continuation of the experimentation begun in "It's Blitz!". This record, to me, feels far more stripped-down that the YYY's previous albums. More to the point, it sounds like they spent the time between the last record's release listening to the infamous NY duos Suicide and MGMT. Gone are the days of Karen O jamming the microphone into her mouth and screaming at the top of her lungs. Gone are the days of Nick Zinner shredding on his guitar as if he's having an epileptic seizure. "Mosquito" is the herald of a new era where the YYYs write more subtle songs that expand the listener's sonic pallet. If you're looking for more old-school YYYs, skip ahead to track 8, "Buried Alive," which features rapper Dr. Octagon. Otherwise, sit back and listen as the YYYs enter yet another phase of their ongoing evolution.
With production from Dave Sitek and James Murphy it was always to be expected that the album would maintain the band's implementation of what I'd call dance music. More electronic elements and disco-beats etc. It doesn't take anything away from the band. The inclusion of a gospel choir in the single "Sacrilege", and the ability to make it still feel like something YYY have always done, is a credit to the production value as well as the artistic abilities of Karen O and the band. They still feel like the same band that put out Fever To Tell, just a little more grown up. It's to be expected. But it doesn't seem like they can take a step in the wrong direction for me. Love this album on vinyl .
Where “Mosquito” runs into trouble is when the band tries to channel their punk roots. “Area 52” and the track “Mosquito” could have easily fit in on the YYY's - EP, in a bad way. The Yeah Yeah Yeah's have grown so much as a band that it is disappointing to hear songs that are obvious on musical and lyrical level. You would think that the combination of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and James Murphy would be the stuff of legends but “Buried Alive”, produced by Murphy, is just okay and begins to border on strange after a completely out of place verse from Kool Keith's alter ego Dr. Octagon.
The other high points of “Mosquito” are the soft sensitive songs. “Subway” is lonely and feels very New York as Karen's voice fades into a background of train noises and an aura of synths. Drummer Brian Chase explores some interesting rhythm and percussion elements in the mysterious and supernatural “Under the Earth”. And just like with their 2003 debut “Fever To Tell”, “Mosquito” ends with three gorgeous love songs.
2009's “It's Blitz!” was a masterpiece, fuzing Karen's love for fun and synths with Nick's seriousness and rock and roll. That's a tough act to follow. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs did a good job, but it could have been great.