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Written by Lisa Lippitt   
Sunday, 12 September 2010 11:29

No Cherry-picking Necessary: Ra Ra Riot’s The Orchard Produces Bountiful FruitSextet Ra Ra Riot has finally produced a new full-length album that is as solid as the two years fans have waited for it.

Vocalist Wes Miles, bassist Mathieu Santos, guitarist Milo Bonacci, cellist Alexandra Lawn, violinist Rebecca Zeller, and drummer Gabriel Duquette deliver tracks as crisp and sweet as autumn in their native upstate New York.  Despite the fact that they all look like they should be at home studying for finals, this album is mature and confident.  No standing against the wall at this school dance.  Their fresh young faces betray the depth of their talent and their lyrics.

Their first single, “Boy” is poppy, upbeat, and definitely worth a good head bobbing.  Be sure to check out the video here .

Despite it not containing many individual singles, as a whole the album sounds as a live show without the annoying crowd background noise.  While still a studio album, it has all the energy of a live performance.  It swerves, it sways, and it swoons.

Lyrics like “I can’t find my roads/I can’t, I can’t find my roads/Honestly I don’t want to hear the thought that I had/But I can’t feel any more with you” from the fifth track “Massachusetts” deliver a typical Ra Ra sentiment but without being overly dramatic.  “You and I Know” takes a road not often taken for this quarter as it allows Alexandra Lawn to show off a more stylized Hope Sandoval coupled with signature strings singing along in the background.  This sixth track gets extra bite from programming by Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij and the Chamberlin Boys Choir.

The final track “Keep It Quiet” showcases Wes Miles’ unmistakable and sometimes a little delightfully flat voice as he sings “If you want to compromise I can’t/Hold on” and “Maybe you’re sincere/Keep it quiet, Keep it quiet/Oh my heartbeat, keep it quiet […] It’s a cold life I choose”. Wrapping up this track with “All my doubt/All my doubt/How can I want to stay around?” and a solid, single drum strike from Gabriel Duquette ends the album in an anything but a cold manner.

Ironically, the only weakness in this bunch seems to be the first track, and the album’s title.  But one bad apple can’t spoil this bunch.   Any band that uses the term “anekatips” in lyrics is worth biting into any day.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 March 2011 12:55
 
(UK)

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Following rumors that the band would headline Glastonbury last summer, Pulp has confirmed that it shall reform for 2011 festival dates. The dates will include the Primavera Sound in Barcelona in May and the Wireless Festival at London's Hyde Park in July. It will be the first time the band has played a festival since announcing an "indefinite hiatus" in 2002.

Pulp's most stable and successful line-up consisted of Jarvis Cocker (vocals), Mark Webber (guitar), Russell Senior (guitar), Steve Mackey (bass), Candida Doyle (keyboard), and Nick Bands (drums). This line-up last shared a stage together in 1996. "Pulp have decided to get together and play some concerts next summer. The shows will involve all the original members of the band and they will be playing songs from all periods of their career. (Yes, that means they'll be playing your favourites)," the band's statement said. "In the meantime, ask yourself this: 'Do You Remember The First Time?' Thank you for your attention."

Cocker previously fueled rumors of a Glastonbury 2010 reunion in an interview with the People in 2009. "Glastonbury means an awful lot to me, I would love to play there again. We've talked about it, there we go, there'll be a band reunion," Cocker said.

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