If the explosion of bands from New York in the early noughties can be likened to Britpop’s rock renewal in the Nineties, then Yeah Yeah Yeahs are surely the Blur to The Strokes’ Oasis.
Four albums in, Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase are still progressing and experimenting with new sounds, without losing any of their edge or essence.
Mosquito has all the elements of the trio’s previous efforts, but once again builds on them. The title track could be cut from their 2003 debut album, Fever To Tell, only with added tropical drums and pounding bass, while Despair and Wedding Song recall their more tender, poignant moments.
Gospel choirs, skittish beats and Four Tet-esque synths all feature at some point, and while Dr Octagon’s guest rap on Buried Alive is jarring, Mosquito is another great album by a band who never seem to run out of ideas or songs.