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CD Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito review

YEAH YEAH YEAHS

MOSQUITO

2013

 

BIG BUZZ, LITTLE BITE

 

Well after 2009’s attempt at mainstream recognition that was “It’s Blitz!” it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Yeah Yeah Yeah’s which is sad as we loved that album and it’s monster hit that never was – “Zero”.

 


This time there’s a seemingly conscious effort to throw out a number of lines and see what hooks a bite. As a result the album Mosquito is rather, shall we say, ‘all over the place’… Alternately you could look at it the other way and say ‘here’s a band four albums in that is still full of ideas’. The reality is probably somewhere between the two.

 


What Mosquito serves up is rather hit and miss for a straight down the line rock fan though. There’s gospel, Rap and roots reggae and at its lowest ebb the synth doodlings of ‘These Paths’ and the novelty value of ‘Area 52’. At its best you get songs like the gospel propelled ‘Sacrilege’ and the reggae of ‘Under the Earth’. Best of all though is the wonderful ‘Subway’ which has that spark and focus that seems lacking elsewhere. One day these guys will do what they’ve always threatened to do – become huge, only not this time.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

YEAH YEAH YEAHS MOSQUITO CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013