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Album Review

Mosquito is the fourth studio album from New York's indie three-piece Yeah Yeah Yeahs. With influences ranging from psychedelic rock to reggae, the follow-up to 2009's It's Blitz! is full of Karen O's passionate, compelling vocal work, while Nick Zinner and Brian Chase's guitar-and-drums combination sounds as urgent and telepathic as on their 2003 debut, Fever to Tell.

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Immense dissapointment

As a huge fan of YYYs, I got this the day it came out. I can not stress enough what a poor album this is.

Don't be fooled by critic reviews. YYYs are darlings of the critics and they are a band that you just want to love. Critics are giving them a pass. This album is a dud through and through.

I was not impressed by "It's Bltiz", but at least that album had it's gems (Skeleton, Runaway, Hysteric). Mosquito on the other hand has nothing. Some of the songs are tolerable but they do not stand out. They'd hardly be worthy of being B-sides.

In addition to lackluster songs that completely neglect the bands strong points (Zinner on guitar, Chase on drums), the band also had decided to put out material that is just flat out embarrassing, which is shocking considering that this band at one point felt so cutting edge. Songs like "Mosquito" and "Area 52" are complete and utter cringe-fests. Hearing the YYYs aimlessly plod on about mosquitos and aliens, and doing so in a pathetic lifeless manner, is a head-scratcher. How could this be the band that made "Fever to Tell"?

Desperate bands do desperate things. At the height of Weezer's creative bankruptcy, they decided to put Lil Wayne on one of their songs. It felt terribly out of place. Same with the YYYs....why is Dr. Octagon on a track? The song itself is boring, but Dr. Octagon doesn't help. You'd think they'd at least have him write a good rap for it, but instead, it is pure dull vanilla.

My theory is that Karen O must have total creative control of this band. I can not believe that the YYYs have now gone two albums with Zinner and Chase playing bit roles.

This band is out of gas and I'll be shocked if they make another album.

finally

they're back!

Disappointing

Not good, I don't mind trying new stuff I but do mind if most of it is awful. Throw out half of the songs and you have a decent EP.

Biography

Formed: 2000 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Discovered in the wake of the Strokes' popularity and the subsequent garage rock revival, New York's art punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are comprised of singer Karen O, guitarist Nicolas Zinner, and drummer Brian Chase. O met Chase at Ohio's Oberlin College and met Zinner through friends after she transferred to NYU. Zinner and O formed the band in 2000; originally, they were a folky duo called Unitard, but they went electric...
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