The first single from their upcoming album Mosquito due out April 16th, “Sacrilege” finds the Yeah Yeah Yeahs branching out in ways most probably wouldn’t expect.
The song begins how one would expect a song by the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs to begin, with singer Karen O alternating between soft whispers and her more full-throated tone. From there, I expected the song would explode into noise much like would happen on previous songs and albums (and to great effect).
But it didn’t happen. “Sacrilege” is a new groove for the band. All of the elements are still there: the distorted, delayed guitar, the steady pulsing beat. But then the song ends with a choir singing the song’s title as the song ends. Not expected, but in this case it’s a good thing.
With that said, while “Sacrilege” is a solid song, it’s not as immediately likable as “Zero” or as emotionally appealing as “Maps.”
Rating: 4 out of 5
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.