Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Critic Score
Based on 37 reviews
2013 Ratings: #440 / 989
User Score
Based on 162 ratings
2013 Ratings: #391
April 16, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

They have crafted a sound that is new for them and unique in its context, but that falls neatly into what we have come to expect from a trio whose power and creativity runs consistently unchecked.

90
musicOMH

It combines such a variety of disparate styles that it really should not work, but Yeah Yeah Yeahs manage to tie everything together seamlessly into what is possibly their most assured and unique record to date.

83
A.V. Club

Mosquito takes a much more open-ended, and less studied, approach to Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ electric eccentricity.

81
Paste

For a band who knows their history with their own vocal and guitar sound, the genre-hopping is a natural fit.

80
Drowned in Sound

It is a blazingly enjoyable record, the most purely fun album the band has made since Fever to Tell.

80
Spin

They've stepped up their ballad game, and the grooves, smartly percussive and Kanye-slick, are deeper than ever.

75
Under The Radar

For all their consistency, it's good to know Yeah Yeah Yeahs remain capable of pulling off the unexpected.

71
Beats Per Minute

Solicited as a return to basics, it’s actually more of a compromise, blending the garage melee of their earlier efforts with danceable tempos and emotionally searing balladry.

70
AllMusic

It might not be as cohesive as their best albums, but the standout songs rival their finest moments.

70
NME

A confusing, intriguing record, then. Not their strongest, but there's a transition underway.

70
The 405

When they hark back to dingy dives, it falters, but when they embrace the synthesizer, the LP is astounding.

60
Pitchfork

Mosquito is not without highlights, but it requires some patience to unearth them, because when this record is bad, it's loudly, brazenly bad.

60
Consequence of Sound

Four albums later, the Brooklyn outfit has run so far from the proverbial leash that they’ve forgotten what home might be — and really, true freedom seems frivolous without any restraint.

60
No Ripcord

With the electronic influence creeping in and more of a focus on great pop songs, Yeah Yeah Yeahs had seemed to have stopped making repetitious tracks. Seemed to. Mosquito is a big back step in that department. 

60
The Fly

All in all: not a bad album, but most of the time it’s more harmless midge than lethal mosquito.

30
PopMatters

It doesn’t follow a set path, makes a lot of noise in your ears, but its ultimately something you’ll want to swat away and get rid of because of just how badly it annoys you.

Plats
55
"Mosquito", like the cover, is an ugly step down from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' previous works. "Sacrilege" is the only fantastic song here, but everything else pales in comparison in terms of ambition and writing. It also lacks the energy of everything else they've done, making it their most sluggish listen.

Fav Tracks: Sacrilege, Despair, Mosquito, Wedding Song

Least Fav Tracks: Always, Buried Alive, Area 52

Score:
5.5
Okay
TheBravesDH
40
The album cover is indicative of the quality. I wish I could wipe this from existence save the misleading lead single, Sacrilege, and maybe Wedding Song. Kool Keith always be showing up in the damnedest places. An abomination in what had been a fairly solid discography at this point.
CheapandLethal
85
Great
siberianbreaks
NR
Sacrilege was a very promising single. But the whole album was bland in comparison. This is definitely their worst release yet, but there are some good tracks here.

Favourite tracks: Sacrilege, Wedding Song, Mosquito
tha138
60
A step back to the beginning trying to reinvente themselves.
But they need more than the studio techniques.
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Added on: January 14, 2013