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No Color [CD]

The Dodos Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B004JPI1WQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Night
2. Going Under
3. Good
4. Sleep
5. Don't Try and Hide It
6. When Will You Go?
7. Hunting Season
8. Companions
9. Don't Stop

Product Description

BBC Review

Now that The White Stripes have bid a fond adieu, there's a vacancy for the title of Most Ace Band That Sound Like There Are More Than Two Of Them. Could the Dodos be just the gentlemen for the job? Well, as any hipster'll tell you, these are salad days for those of a fuzzy-fizzoged persuasion, and, while Meric Long and Logan Kroeber might be sticking to their tidy 'staches, their penchant for fusing post-rock with tricksy bar-bandery has rendered them perhaps the beardiest of all bands. This ought to be their time.

Inevitably, though, No Color showcases a vivid new direction for the pair: one that's recently been somewhat ill-trodden, and one that carries a grave risk of being ill-advised, too. Yes, they've opted to explore their fascination with US alt-rock at its most plaid-clad, even seeing fit to include the term "Billy Corgan riffs" – a phrase that was last cause for universal jubilation in 1993 – in the accompanying press release. Thankfully, this works extraordinarily well on opening track Black Night, which mixes a Pavement-like flair for the askew with whinnied guitar spikes and all manner of finger-picking goodness before delving into a whirlpool of minimalist fury. Sadly, though, it provides a momentum that much of the record fails to maintain.

Perhaps that's because there's too much emphasis on the epic in the tracks that lie ahead; certainly Good, although pummelled perkily enough and comprising a complex range of riffs (one of which comes mighty close to The Raconteurs’ Steady, As She Goes), runs out of things to say long before it hits the six-minute mark, while Going Under never quite seems completely sure where it's headed, buffeting from out-of-sync drama to a floor-flinging grind. They do rally fantastically in the dying stages, mind you: Hunting Season casts them as a sort of Xylophonic Youth, with Long's vocals at their most satisfyingly liberated, while Companions careers at an enlivening lick even as it wanders woozily into fields of echo. Don't Stop is not only both limber and crunchy but also, given the astonishing amount of notes being played at exhibition speed, blistering in several senses.

An album of two halves, then, and one that struggles to take flight until disarmingly late in the day. There's little denying the sincerity of No Color as both tribute and experiment, but the duo’s previous work was just a shade more likely to make everyone fall in love with them.

--Iain Moffatt

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far From Extinct 22 July 2011
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The BBC's Mr Moffatt has not been as kind as he could have about
The Dodos new album 'No Color'. This should not deter us from listening
with an open heart and an inquiring mind. True, the core elements
of these nine songs are unlikely to set the world on fire but
there is enough creative sonic ingenuity going on here to
keep us gainfully engaged and entertained from beginning to end.

Meric Long plays guitars and sings; Logan Kroeber plays the drums
and Neko Case pitches in helpfully with backing vocals here and there.

Given the limitations of their chosen instruments the duo makes a
very big sound indeed. The interplay between plucked, strummed and
thrashed guitar and robust percussion has the power to make the
very air tremble when they are going at it full-tilt! Listen to
'Hunting Season' for a fine example of a good tune married to an
arrangement of richly textured dynamic variation. Splendid stuff!

'Going Under' has got a strong melody, brought to life by Mr Long's
plaintive high tenor voice and some lovely supporting harmonies.
The balance between raw energy and delicate lyricism is cleverly managed.

'Good' is a riot! Epic stuff with more than a whiff of Arcade Fire
about it. A ribald bonfire-lit pagan dance for Walpurgis Night!

The uplifting final track 'Don't Stop' has a simple folk song in
its bones propelled along by some wonderfully fidgety drum work
and dense multi-layered acoustic and electric guitar fireworks.

The album's title doesn't quite do it justice.
The Dodos musical world is chock full of colo(u)r!

Recommended.
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