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Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito

The latest from this New York trio “comes off like an album by a much younger band.”

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The latest from this New York trio “comes off like an album by a much younger band,” said Melissa Maerz in Entertainment Weekly. “It’s a messy, rock-out-in-the-garage record” with “energy to spare,” but “there are too many half-formed ideas and failed experiments here”—including a cameo by Dr. Octagon in which the 1990s rapper “sounds like he just stumbled into the wrong basement party.” Yet the full package reminds us who the Yeah Yeah Yeahs really are—“an indie band from an era when indie bands still had plenty of punk in their DNA,” said Tom Breihan in Stereogum.com. As always, singer Karen O is front and center, devastating us with her open emotionalism and melodies that are “unabashedly cheap-seats celestial.” To me, Mosquito “sounds big and bold and adventurous”—the work of three musicians who came of age in the 1990s, when big gestures and sonic variety were still cool. “The faster, brighter, harder numbers grab your attention straight away,” but the slower tunes are the knockouts.

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