“Sacrilege”: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Best Single since “Maps”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito

I’m more of a Karen O enthusiast than a Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan. Her raw vocals and unfiltered stage presence have always inspired me to root on YYY, though I haven’t truly loved any of their material since their debut, Fever to Tell.  The best song off that album, “Maps,” continues to floor me just like the first time I heard it. (Yes, the song did come out in 2003, which was my freshman year of high school a.k.a. the peak of my emotional fragility, but even still the track wrecks me.) Finally, the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s newest single “Sacrilege,” accomplishes a similar effect for the first time since “Maps.”  “Sacrilege” may not leave me a hot crying mess, but it has finally sparked my interest in YYY’s upcoming album, Mosquito. What the track lacks in emotional heft, it makes up for with classic Karen O vocals (coos, yelps and banshee cries are all accounted for), perfectly-placed guitar-noodling, and a fat gospel chorus. Irreverent, unexpected and just in time for the Lenten season! – “Sacrilege” is just what I needed to get excited about the Yeah Yeah Yeahs again.

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