Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Critic Score
Based on 34 reviews
2013 Ratings: #451 / 955
User Score
Based on 151 ratings
2013 Ratings: #335
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
The 405

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

70
NME

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

70
AllMusic

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

60
The Fly

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

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. 

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.

aaron
85
I think this is such a great little record, reminds me of "Portishead" in its quiet spots and the best parts of "Paramore". Also one of the last artifacts of a rock album in the 2010's which has aged a whole lot better than say Foo Fighters "Wasting Light".

Still there's great experimentation which YYY's had been beloved for, I'd say the middle section of this record pushed and pulled this record to the edges of its sonicscapes. "These Paths" driven by ... read more
josecarloslopes
14
Favorite tracks : SACRILEGE.
TeganFan99UK
100
Very underrated album. Some very cool sound and experimentation going on. Sacrilege, Slave, These Paths and Wedding Song are my faves.
giovanneslima
77
Inconsistent, 'Mosquito' is YYY's weakest album. It has pretty good highlights, but they are among flawed tracks that could easily be better. A risky album, since the result could be worse.

Best track(s): Sacrilege, Slave, Subway, These Paths

Worst track(s): Always, Despair
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Track List

  1. Sacrilege
  2. Subway
  3. Mosquito
  4. Under the Earth
  5. Slave
  6. These Paths
  7. Area 52
  8. Buried Alive (featuring Dr. Octagon)
  9. Always
  10. Despair
  11. Wedding Song
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