Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 39
  2. Negative: 1 out of 39
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  1. Apr 15, 2013
    It might not be as cohesive as their best albums, but the standout songs rival their finest moments.
  2. Apr 15, 2013
    What ultimately matters is how vital they’ve managed to sound coming off of a break while pushing the experimental envelope in ways that go beyond a guest appearance by Kool Keith as Dr. Octagon.
  3. 70
    Those looking for a cool album to throw on as invigorating background music will be delighted. Those who want a little more substance with the style should cherry-pick a few chosen tracks which spotlight why Yeah Yeah Yeahs still impress a decade down the road.
  4. They’re still capable of brilliance (particularly on the opening and closing tracks), but too much of Mosquito is bogged down by tongue-in-cheek frivolity.
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    In the rural wasteland of southwestern Texas, producers Dave Sitek (of TV On The Radio fame) and Nick Launay brought life to an album that's challenging and conceptual, yet also playful and raunchy.
  6. Apr 16, 2013
    It’s the group’s most far-flung album, supporting Karen O’s recent claim that Mosquito offers something for everyone.
  7. Apr 15, 2013
    The payoff is the trio of reveries that closes the album: “Always,” “Despair” and “Wedding Song” build on the disarming vulnerability of “Maps,” and deepen it.
  8. Apr 15, 2013
    Mosquito is a much-needed return to the days of ‘Fever To Tell’ and ‘Machine’--it embraces the band’s early, reverb-heavy sound but also tips its hat to the dance feel they’ve been honing in recent years.
  9. Apr 15, 2013
    For all its ambitious digressions, conceptual gambles and silly experiments, it’s that spirit of adventure that makes the album so visceral.
  10. 60
    The payoffs don’t always resonate with the pineal, which should be the one thing worth counting on from the band.
  11. Apr 15, 2013
    Sounds layered upon sounds; the intricacies here may hint towards Mosquito being more of a grower than its older siblings, but it proves that Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a band to cherish.
  12. Apr 15, 2013
    It is a blazingly enjoyable record, the most purely fun album the band has made since Fever to Tell.
  13. 67
    It's a messy, rock-out-in-the-garage record, and there's energy to spare on the gospel-disco rave-up ''Sacrilege.'' But there are too many half-formed ideas and failed experiments here.
  14. Apr 15, 2013
    The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back, better than ever and ready to "suck your blood."
  15. Apr 19, 2013
    This fourth album, the devastatingly visceral Mosquito, does indeed find them trawling the more lugubrious recesses of their psyches and sonic proclivities.
  16. Apr 19, 2013
    The album's sonic sophistication never impedes the primal charge the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have always delivered.
  17. Mojo
    Apr 9, 2013
    It feels like a reaction to the concise, clear-headed It's Blitz; wild-eyed hoopla, in that spontaneous, occasionally brilliant, occasionally patchy kind of way. [May 2013, p.90]
  18. Apr 15, 2013
    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.
  19. 70
    A confusing, intriguing record, then. Not their strongest, but there's a transition underway.
  20. Apr 25, 2013
    Maybe it’s a struggle to really get your teeth into Mosquito because of the track listing; the three song dry patch after Mosquito is a huge problem considering the ease these days of being able to find something more interesting to listen to.
  21. Apr 18, 2013
    After the band’s polished, dance-friendly 2009 effort, It’s Blitz!, Zinner’s hard-charging riffs on Area 52 are a welcome return to the urgent, sometimes messy art punk of their early days.
  22. Apr 16, 2013
    Mosquito is where this band finally grooves, after long threatening.
  23. Apr 15, 2013
    Mosquito is not without highlights, but it requires some patience to unearth them, because when this record is bad, it's loudly, brazenly bad.
  24. Apr 16, 2013
    The Yeahs’ curiosity ultimately got the better of them, and what we’re left with is an album that bears a lot of attributes with the creature it’s named after: 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.
  25. 91
    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.
  26. Q Magazine
    Apr 9, 2013
    As much as it recaptures some of their buccaneering early spirit, it also shows off some explosive new tricks too. [May 2013, p.108]
  27. Jun 4, 2013
    Ultimately, Mosquito sees the band reenergised, trying new things and, generally, succeeding.
  28. Apr 16, 2013
    Not everything works: "Buried Alive" is basically a goth-y version of R.E.M.'s "Radio Song." But the tragic magic blazes on "Despair," a funereal procession that recalls Joy Division's "Atmosphere" but offers communion beyond the existential wail.
  29. Apr 12, 2013
    Divided between these sorts of small successes and outright failures, Mosquito is nowhere near a coherent album, which at this stage in the band's career feels like a refreshing return to form.
  30. Apr 16, 2013
    They've stepped up their ballad game, and the grooves, smartly percussive and Kanye-slick, are deeper than ever.
  31. Apr 16, 2013
    There’s so much pep and vinegar surging through Mosquito’s veins, such a comedown is not entirely unwelcome, and it contributes to the snarled, loopy texture that makes the album easy to get caught up in.
  32. Apr 10, 2013
    So, all in all: not a bad album, but most of the time it’s more harmless midge than lethal mosquito.
  33. Apr 11, 2013
    Throughout it Yeah Yeah Yeahs sound like a band with a future, who may have their most interesting albums ahead of them.
  34. 40
    With the experiments being so hit and miss you’re left looking for familiar thrills, but even when delivering these, the band sound so much like there are motions to be gone through that you just aren’t inclined to feel engaged.
  35. Apr 15, 2013
    The problem is, for a band whose name echoes with the affirmative, none of this feels like a definitive lunge towards some loftier height, either artistic or commercial.
  36. Apr 22, 2013
    Mosquito may conjure a similar frenzy to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' previous three albums, but it paints a disjointed picture of the band's turbulent history, on an already messy canvass
  37. Apr 12, 2013
    It’s infested with the collective naughtiness and layered irony of a B-movie all-nighter.
  38. Uncut
    Apr 4, 2013
    They don't sound so zeitgeisty anymore, but [single] "Mosquito" caterwauls mightily, and the closing "Wedding Song" is a feat of lip-quivering sensitivity up there with "Maps." [May 2013, p.79]
  39. Apr 23, 2013
    For all their consistency, it's good to know Yeah Yeah Yeahs remain capable of pulling off the unexpected.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 18, 2013
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs really tried to get everyone excited for this new album. I was very excited. After seeing that strange and somewhat disturbingYeah Yeah Yeahs really tried to get everyone excited for this new album. I was very excited. After seeing that strange and somewhat disturbing album cover, I knew the album would be quite interesting. It wasn't quite what I had expected. It was much more boring than I thought. Even with the collaborations in production with James Murphy and the guy from TV on the Radio, the album falls short for me. Not to say that the album sucks, but I just wanted a little bit more. The highlights are: "Sacrilege". Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2013
    This is a gem that's criminally underrated.This is a gem that's criminally underrated.
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  3. Sep 1, 2013
    OK here's the thing you hear there is a new YYY's album coming out. You flip out. You hear they worked with Dave Sitek & James Murphy. YouOK here's the thing you hear there is a new YYY's album coming out. You flip out. You hear they worked with Dave Sitek & James Murphy. You cannot stand the suspense. You hear 'Sacrilege' & at first you are thrown off by the gospel choir, but pretty soon it's playing on repeat in your head. THEN you get round to finally hearing 'Mosquito' in all of it's sythny, subteranean soundscape glory and your first reaction is WTF is this?? Because it doesn't resemble anything the band has done before. When they went "pop" on Blitz, people complained. And now they've gone weird, electro dub?!
    BUT IT IS BRILLIANT. Unquestionably. Give it a few listens. If it's hard, listen to 'Mosquito', 'Slave' and 'Despair' because those tracks will ease you into the new sound by retaining some of their original sound. 'Despair' completely won me over and it is now one of my favorite YYY tracks. This is an unusually brilliant record. Listen to it more than thrice.
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