Karen O is, as ever, a stunning vocalist. Whether she's cooing through “Subway,” yelping on “Mosquito” or nearly growling on parts of “Slave,” she's as emotionally charged as she is technically skilled, and it's always excellent when she completely loses herself.
Bass lines really stand out throughout the record, especially on the vaguely exotic-sounding “Under The Earth” and a heartbeat rhythm on “Wedding Song.” The guitar really stands out on “Area 52,” which features the heaviest riffs on the record and Karen O's desire to be taken by aliens, or be an alien. “Sacrilege” still stands out as a fantastic song, thanks in part to the gospel choir featured on the track. And speaking of features, James Murphy produced “Buried Alive,” which also features Kool Keith rapping as Dr. Octagon. It might be the most unexpected moment on the album.
The last two songs are emotional catharsis and, damn, Karen O gets back to the feeling we felt on “Maps.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs delivered something different from their past work once again, though Mosquito feels more like a collection of their strengths then a return to the drawing board. The one thing that definitely hasn't changed is that they made something that sounds like it could only be them.