To the new album “Mosquito” by the indie rock group Yeah Yeah Yeahs, I say, No No No.
What the heck?
The reviews I’ve read so far have been mixed, with some critics raving about the new album and others regrettably admitting disappointment. The lead single, Sacrilege, is a decent song. If the album had consisted of more songs in a similar vein, I could have savored the whole album. But I find listening to the album straight through an intolerable exercise.
I’m with those who don’t much care for “Mosquito.”
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have succeeded in creating an album extremely different from their previous releases. I can listen to any of their previous albums and enjoy them in their entirety. But when I listen to “Mosquito,” I get antsy. I want the album to end. I listened to it straight through twice, and on the second listen I could hardly hold back from stopping the music player and putting on something else. When the album finally ended, I put on “It’s Blitz!” just to get a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fix.
I won’t be playing the “Mosquito” album straight through by choice ever again. I wanted to listen to it all the way through at least three times before making any judgments about it, but I can’t bear the thought of playing it again.
What’s so bad about “Mosquito?”
Maybe it’s just me, but I found the album boring and lifeless. When it wasn’t boring and lifeless, it was annoying. Some songs are repetitive in ways that grate my nerves. I don’t want to hear the words “alien” or “always” for the rest of the week. A month might be too soon.
Sacrilege is the only song on the album with a hook that works for me. The album reminds me of CDs I’ve bought in the 80s or 90s that had one good song while the rest were all throwaways.
Some critics reviewing “Mosquito” picked one or two songs other than Sacrilege that they adore, so I’m hoping that if I hear those songs come up in random play, I’ll see what they see in them. But when listening to the album straight through like I did, the depression just keeps building, so that when those supposedly good songs play, I’m already lost. Continue reading