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The Dodos: No Color

No Color finds the Dodos back in form—untamed, feral, and willing to let things rip.

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No Color represents a “welcome return to form,” said Heather Phares in AllMusic​.com. On 2009’s Time to Die, the San Francisco–based Dodos made the mistake of taming their loud, feral folk. This “brisk and bustling set of songs” reverses course. With a few swift thwacks of his toms, Logan Kroeber kicks off the “joyous racket” of “Black Night,” generating an “irresistible momentum” that he and singer/guitarist Meric Long carry through till record’s end. It’s a treat hearing them once more “playing like they don’t have to worry about waking the neighbors,” said Ian Cohen in Pitchfork​.com. The “sheer physicality” these two bring to playing their acoustic instruments “feels” electric. While Neko Case adds sweet harmonies to several songs, she doesn’t soften the message that the Dodos are “above all else a rock band.” By letting it rip, they’ve proved they’re “at their best when simply being themselves.”

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