YEAH YEAH YEAH’S – ‘Mosquito’

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YEAH YEAH YEAH’S – ‘Mosquito’
Album number four from New York-ians the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s carries few surprises.  Aside from the comic exagerations of the flourescent artwork, Karen O and co serve up another platter of artsy post-punk that pays careful attention to their agit-pop ancestors of the early 80’s.  With three critically acclaimed LPs already bagged, are we to expect a fourth?  Probably.  A lot of Mosquito plays on more simplistic grooves than anything off of Fever To Tell or Show Your Bones.  Perhaps toned down, its on a par with Its Blitz for varied and accessible content; placing more emphasis on song structure over force and impact.  Take opener ‘Sacrilege’ which gallops along a broad aggregation of instrumentation; descending into climactic gospel territory.  While the subtle grouping of cuts such as ‘Subway’, ‘Always’ and ‘Despair’ see O plaintively expressing a sense of love and loss through mournful vocals, rolling drums and dreamy synth.  Album highlight ‘Slave’ has a smooth as silk, driving pulse with a riff to match, while ‘Area 52’ is as close as they’ll ever get to the raw populist punk of The Stooges.  Never ones to play it safe, there’s a playful contribution from Dr Octagon on the broad brush strokes of ‘Buried Alive’ that’s as contemporary and rich as anything they’ve ever written; a timely reminder of the power this trio possess.  An evolved power that’s been sharpened to the point where they’ve multiple touch points across genres, and an almost inevitability to their collective contribution that’s as surprising as it is impressive and immersive.  (8)
STEVEFLETCHER

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