Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
Karen O and co. can do no wrong in my book, and unsurprisingly the first single from the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s fourth album, Mosquito, due in April, is exquisite. “Sacrilege” builds from an eerie rock track—that kind of gleefully spooky, twitchy thing the band does so well—to a full-bodied gospel choir crescendo, taking you higher, higher, higher! O’s voice tends to rise from a quietly honeyed croon to a crazed, broken shriek, so the choir here seems like an unlikely pairing. But it works, the vocal pyrotechnics at the end mirroring the sort of maddened guitar work Nick Zinner usually unleashes on a Yeah Yeah Yeahs track.