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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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Yesterday, Dundee guitar band The View released a free track "Sunday" on its official website. The song is a first taste of the band's forthcoming third album, which frontman Kyle Falconer promises will be "more articulate" than previous. Listen to "Sunday" from The View here.

Speaking to Scotland's Daily Record about the album which is scheduled for a spring release, Falconer said, "The new album will sound much cleaner and you'll be able to hear my vocals a lot clearer. It's more articulate."

The Scottish band is probably beat known for its single "Same Jeans." Falconer explained that the new album will be very different from 2007 debut Hats Off to the Buskers and its follow-up Which Bitch? He added, "We were proud of Which Bitch? but it wasn't well received and didn't get played much on radio. We were gutted."

Falconer revealed that his thoughts at the time were, "'We need to get back to the music rather than the craziness'."

Previous albums Hats Off to the Buskers and Which Bitch? were produced by Owen Morris, best known for his work with Oasis and The Verve, but Martin "Youth" Glover, who has made records with the Delays and the Futureheads and was founder member and bassist of UK band Killing Joke, has been chosen to produce the third album.

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