Photograph by Dan Martensen

Photograph by Dan Martensen

I consider myself an atypical Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan, in that I’ve always preferred It’s Blitz to Fever to Tell. Then again, I’ve always been more into “Y Control” than “Date with the Night,” so the poppy electronics of It’s Blitz were incredibly appealing. Mosquito finds the band reverting back to a more rocky sound, though not quite as edgy as their earlier stuff. I’m not sure what the goal of the hideous album art is, but despite the initial impression, Mosquito is mostly alright.

The biggest issue is one shared with their second album, Show Your Bones. Beyond the singles, the songs blend together into an indistinguishable mush. It’s fine to listen to, but doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression. Dr. Octagon’s rap on “Buried Alive” seems like it should be an exciting divergence from the rest of the album’s sound, but beyond calling himself Doc Ock and getting me thinking of Spider-Man again, it’s not particularly interesting. Opening track “Sacrilege” hinted at a more adventurous album. Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a gospel choir!  And it works! I just wish the rest of the album lived up to the promise.

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— , April 9, 2013    Comments Off on Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito
Mixtape    Yeah!

Yeah

It’s Blitz!, the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album is good. Really good. Easily their best, in my opinion. In fact, good enough to inspire a mix in honour of the word yeah. Yeah is more than just a simple affirmation. Consider it a state of mind. Be like Jim Carrey, say yeah to things. I haven’t seen the movie, but I assume it resulted in good things and had a happy ending. There’s my philosophy for the day. Enjoy.

Download Yeah! The Mixtape Here

01 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Dragon Queen
02 | Pavement – Baby Yeah (Live)
03 | Matt and Kim – Yea Yeah
04 | The Flaming Lips – The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song
05 | The Golden Dogs – Yeah!
06 | Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
07 | The Rapture – Whoo! Alright Yeah…Uh Huh
08 | Brak – Yeah Buddy
09 | Brand New – Sowing Season (Yeah)
10 | LCD Soundsystem – Yeah (Crass Version)

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— , March 12, 2009    9 Comments