There has been a general consensus that Mosquito has fallen short of the typical standard you’d expect from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, but not all hope is lost! With phrases floating around like ‘a step backwards’ and ‘forgotten’ it’s easy to just dismiss this album and move on.
These guys have such a beautiful and elegant rock sound, it’s hard to fathom how wickedly creepy they visually depict themselves . Check out their album art and you’ll realise what we mean.
There is one track that stops you from walking away though, it’s called Despair, and it is simply beautiful.
There are other songs littered through the album that you wouldn’t turn off if they came up in a playlist, but Despair is the kind of song that you actually have to stop what you’re doing and listen. The title track, Mosquito, has been accused of lacking feeling but Despair has feelings galore.
All in all I’d have to say that it is worthwhile to listen to the album carefully and judge songs on their individual merit, rather than the whole.
After their tour of Australia with Big Day Out + sideshows this past January, it may be a while yet before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs return to Aus.
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