The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Lovely and Creepy Mosquito

The band's basically my Public Enemy of the moment.

I don't think Mosquito, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' latest studio album, is their best, but I love it anyway. I'm partial right now to "Wedding Song." I think it's because while there's always been something violent about the YYY's music, they somehow pull off these really syrupy ballads with great skill. (I don't know who else but Karen O can croon "You suddenly complete me" and get away with it. But "Hysterical" is a great, great song.)

The album doesn't feel like a complete thought, but I'm pumping it nonetheless. Right now, the YYYs are to me what Public Enemy was to me as a child, and Outkast was to me as a college kid. They are the only band I really sit around waiting on.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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