The Dodos, armed only with an acoustic guitar and drums (plus a banjo and horns a few tracks), have created one of, if not the most infectious records of the year on their debut* album, Vister. Logan Kroeber and Meric Long together create a sound that fools the listener into beleiving they are a full-sized band. Vister is an exciting venture of sound, with vocals carrrying a pop-sentiment and experimental percussion. Vister though enticing on the first listen continues to reward the listener time after time.
*only technically their debut. Metric released another album, Beware The Manics, under the name Dodo Bird.
On The Black Keys new album, appropriately titled, Attack and Release, the listener is barraged with the penetrating sounds of the Black Keys signature rock/blues guitar, on songs like Strange Times (above) and Remember When (side b), then released into the ethereal sounds of tracks like So He Won’t Break and Psychotic Girl. The Keys have found a much crisper sound and production on their latest release, produced by none other than Dangermouse. However the Keys abandon their signature simple style for actual bass lines. Despite the supposed betrayal of their style, fans should be pleasantly surprised by the new and improved Black Keys (especially after the monotony of their previous release, Magic Potion).
With a title like “President’s Dead”, govermental grudges are expected. However, rather than shoving opinions down your throat, Okkervil River delivers a song that perfectly captures a signle moment in time, to which anyone can relate.