On "Mosquito" (Interscope), the Yeah Yeah Yeahs abandoned their previously focused vision of indie rock for an adventurous collection of powerful songs that surprise at every turn. As if the first single, "Sacrilege," which bounces between noodling guitars and Madonna, wasn't wild enough, Karen O and the guys try their hands at reggae with "Under the Earth," hip-hop with the help of Dr. Octagon on "Buried Alive" and ambient subway noises on, well, "Subway." They save the best for the end, though, with the upbeat, catchy "Despair" and the lovely "Wedding Song," which seems destined for hip receptions this summer.
YEAH YEAH YEAHS "Mosquito"
BOTTOM LINE All over the indie-rock spectrum
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