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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
 
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Newsflash Archive

Fans of Editors will be pleased to learn that Editors, The Complete Collection, is scheduled for release in February next year. The collectors' boxset is set to comprise seven 12” heavy weight vinyls, seven CD’s, a download of everything in high quality 320kbps mp3 format, and a book of photos and words. The news was announced in a message from frontman Tom Smith posted on Editors' website on Friday.

In his message to fans, Tom Smith said, "We’ve been picking through the archive recently, looking back at our 3 records, many many b-sides and some material that has never seen the light of day. It’s been addictive. We can’t leave it alone, much like picking a scab, and we’ve decided to package it all together and share it with our fans, officially."

The boxset will be made available to pre-order from the band's official website early on December 2nd, and the first 200 pre-orders will receive a special personalised surprise from Tom Smith.

Smith continued, "We’ve raided the vaults, searched through old CD-Rs, cassettes and photo albums and gathered it all together. We’d like you to have this music on any and every format we can produce and also share some photos and memories of the last 6 years in a volume that you can keep forever."

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