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Mosquito [Deluxe Edition]
     

Mosquito [Deluxe Edition]

by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
 

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Since Fever to Tell, with each album the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have challenged their audience with their changes, and Mosquito is no exception. A 180 from It's Blitz!'s flashy electro sheen, the band's fourth album downplays synths, programmed beats, and

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Since Fever to Tell, with each album the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have challenged their audience with their changes, and Mosquito is no exception. A 180 from It's Blitz!'s flashy electro sheen, the band's fourth album downplays synths, programmed beats, and other gadgetry in favor of drums, guitars, and a mix of rock and inward-looking ballads that occasionally recalls Show Your Bones. Karen O, Nick Zinner, and Brian Chase reunite with longtime producers David Sitek and Nick Launay -- who were honorary members of the band by this point -- and they take the trio in any direction they want to go. Since "Maps," some of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' most exciting songs show their vulnerability. O sounds full-throated and full-hearted as she sings "your sun is my sun" on "Despair," the kind of unabashed love song the band has excelled at since that breakthrough power ballad. Likewise, "Wedding Song" -- which O actually sang at her nuptials -- is genuine and intimate enough to strike a near-universal chord. Meanwhile, Mosquito's loudest songs are more playfully nostalgic than ferocious, which in its own way is in keeping with the album's often reflective tone. "Area 52" and the title track spin tales about aliens and bloodsucking bugs that are much sillier than the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' early days; as impressive as O's wail still is, there's a campiness to these songs that almost feels like the band is having a fond laugh about when they used to do this all the time. Indeed, they sound most engaged on Mosquito when they're somewhere between its extremes. The lead track, "Sacrilege," showcases their way with a slow-building epic and plays like a more daring kissing cousin of Madonna's "Like a Prayer" as O sings "Fallin' for a guy/Who fell down from the sky" as a gospel choir rises up to meet her -- a risky move, since adding it to rock songs can be transcendent but more often than not just sounds like corny co-opting. Here, it actually works, and the way that the band incorporates dub elements on "Under the Earth" and the excellent "Slave" -- which sounds like Siouxsie and the Banshees recording at Studio One -- and the cameo from Dr. Octagon on "Buried Alive" are nearly as impressive. Something of a grower, Mosquito has perhaps the widest range of sounds and moods the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have ever presented on one set of songs. It might not be as cohesive as their best albums, but the standout songs rival their finest moments. [A Deluxe Edition was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2013
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602537293100
catalogNumber:
001827402

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Performance Credits

Yeah Yeah Yeahs   Primary Artist
Marva Hicks   Choir, Chorus
Adriane Lenox   Choir, Chorus
Money Mark   Keyboards
Octagon   Vocals
Michael McElroy   Leader
Virginia Woodruff   Choir, Chorus
Danielle Greaves   Choir, Chorus
Laura Dean   Choir, Chorus
Chelsea Krombach   Choir, Chorus
Karen O   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Brian Chase   Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Vocals
David Andrew Sitek   Bass
Danielle Chambers   Choir, Chorus
Jesse Nager   Choir, Chorus
Tanesha Gary   Choir, Chorus
Lucia Giannetta   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Lynne Mathis   Choir, Chorus
Nick Zinner   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Bradley Dean   Choir, Chorus
John Eric Parker   Choir, Chorus
Michael Seelbach   Choir, Chorus
Renee Goldsberry   Choir, Chorus
Zonya Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Travis Morin   Choir, Chorus
Shayna Cook   Choir, Chorus
Elisea Roman   Choir, Chorus
Desiree Rodriguez   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Nick Launay   Producer,Engineer
Manuel Calderón   Engineer
Laura Haber   Management
Yeah Yeah Yeahs   Composer,Producer
Karen O   Concept
David Andrew Sitek   Producer,Engineer
Jenna Adler   Booking
Julian Gross   Layout
Emma Banks   Booking
Zeph Sowers   Engineer
Debra Barsha   Vocal Arrangements
Tony Ciulla   Management
Wes Fontenot   Engineer
James Murphy   Producer,Engineer
Sam Speigel   Producer,Engineer
Dan Martensen   Back Cover Photo
Beomsik Shimbe Shim   Artwork
Abby Echiverri   Engineer

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