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4.0 out of 5 stars Far From Extinct, 22 July 2011
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The Wolf (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: No Color (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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