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on 15 April 2013
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs much like fellow New Yorkers The Strokes are no strangers to straying from their early garage rock roots by incorporating keyboards and drum machines into their already aggressive sound. Album number 4 "Mosquito" continues the trend by possibly being the bands most upbeat and poppiest album to date, all this despite the turmoil that the separate members had been going through including guitarist Nick Zinners separation and Karen O's Identity crisis!!

The album begins with the lead single "Sacrilege" which shows that Karen O can still delivering a spine-tingling shriek as good as anyone and that Nick Zinner still knows the right time to make his guitar scream, the song reaches a choir backed climax as well as featuring a risqué video starring supermodel Lilly Cole. The dreamy "Subway" cleverly features Karen O singing over the sound of a train on the tracks. The title track "Mosquito" starts off sounding like Deee-Lites "Grooves is In the Heart" and shows how far the band have come since their debut EP and album as it features a thumping funky bass throughout the song.

The band still knows how to do a three minute punk rock song with a twist in the form of "Area 52" which is yes it is influenced by Aliens! It features some great drumming by Brian chase and a shrieking guitar from Zinner. Interestingly the band include some rapping on the track "Buried Alive" from Kool Keith or Dr. Octagon as he is calling himself here it's a track full of background effects. The track "Despair" wouldn't have sounded out of place on their second album "Show Your Bones" as it bears a resemblance to the song "Cheated Hearts".

With the deluxe edition of the album there are four bonus tracks which are acoustic versions of "Wedding Song" and "Despair" a remix version of "Subway" and a live take of "Mosquito". For a band that are only a three piece they sure are able to sound a whole lot bigger as well as with each album they seem to evolve just that small bit more. It would have been easy for the Yeah Yeah yeahs to keep releasing albums like their brilliant debut "Fever To Tell" throughout their career and get away with it but no just like album number 3 "It's Blitz!" they continue to experiment with different styles with great success and "Mosquito" follows in that path.
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on 3 November 2013
It's not their strongest album and it's certainly no Fever To Tell, but hey, it's ok. I'm a huge fan of the YYY's and Karen O and after seeing them live at a festival over summer and hearing them play a few songs off this album it's really grown on me. 'Mosquito' and 'Despair' and the two stand our tracks for me but they still don't really touch on the raw punk-garage rock that the YYY's used to produce. Oh well, I think all bands should be given the space to make a couple of mediocre albums without too much judgement and hopefully they will come out with something louder and thrashier next time. Saying that, even for a mediocre album of theirs it's still a million times better then a lot of 'indie' bands of the moment. I mean really.
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on 25 October 2013
This is a fantastic record from a band who have shown themselves to be the most inventive and colourful of the batch of groups who emerged in the early naughties. I held off for a while buying this record because of a few mixed reviews but what a mistake. Brilliant production , wonderful inventive songwriting across the whole record. The sound of a band stretching out, bursting with life and full of imagination. Just fantastic, if you are a long term fan and enjoy a group who evolves buy with confidence!
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on 9 November 2017
Nice one thxs
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on 8 November 2013
More from yyys moving towards a more mainstream sound. Not as rocking screaming alternative as previous releases.i was looking forward to this for a long time and was a little disappointed but still like it.
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on 2 January 2017
A good edition to my cd collection!
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on 30 December 2015
Bought as part of gift - recipient loved it.
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on 18 December 2014
Seriusly not their bext work. How did the Yeah yeah Yeahs go from being essential to being 'meh?'
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on 9 May 2013
If your still expecting "fever to tell" you really have to get over it! its not going to happen....

This definatly is a grower and a strong album

I still enjoy its blits and slighly more show your bones but IMO this is better than both
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on 10 January 2015
Very pleased arrived quickly and like the instant free download
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