Ra Ra Riot
is aiming for an epic expansion of soundscapes, at the expense of anything immediately reminiscent or familiar regarding the band's early work. What follows is an album full of confusing beauty and hollow hooks, lost in a maze of string riffs and looped arpeggios. Lead singer Wes Miles sounds more nuanced than ever before, and his voice is totally analogous to the over efforts of the band. The Orchard
is an attempt to create a distinct style for the band, separating them from their already very stylized contemporaries. However, it feels like the effort backfires... The Orchard
is highly static and lacks the certain climax/lull dynamic that usually makes specific moments memorable.
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