on 18 January 2009
I bought this album after catching Ra Ra Riot supporting Vampire Weekend on their UK tour. They were fantastic - very much my taste in music - a mixture of indie rock with effective rather than cheesy use of violin, double bass (or cello?) Whilst they have a very distinct sound, the album is pretty varied, from the upbeat 'too too too fast' and 'ghost under rocks' to the more wistful 'dying is fine'. Some songs (such as the latter) have a very definite 'Smiths' flavour, although overall they would sit happily beside Vampire Weekend, the Arcade Fire etc. One of my favourite albums of recent years - definitely give it a go if you're curious!
on 31 December 2014
I really like this album, it doesn't have any amazing standout tracks on, but everything just fits together on it so well, with light enchanting melodies and an urgency to the beats. It's easily an album you can listen to all the way through repeatedly, the follow up album The Orchard is almost as good, but this is probably their best.