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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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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - With everybody from Paul McCartney to Madonna clamoring to get their music on "Glee," at least one act is refusing to license its music to the TV show.

Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill told U.K. music newspaper NME that he's rejected the show's request to use his music, adding that he's never watched the series although "apparently everybody loves it."

Followill also said the band turned down "Ugly Betty."

British rock band Coldplay also turned down "Glee," then changed its mind, apologized and gave the Fox show access to the band's entire catalog.

On the subject of lending the music of Kings of Leon to Hollywood, Followill added: "We had some people call us up wanting to know if we'd allow 'Use Somebody' to appear in the trailer for their next movie, and we turned them down."

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