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    Default Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love

    online listen
    seems I can't escape the synths
    synth pop heavy here but they call them alternative
    nothing I liked
    1.3 from me and a converted 2.7 from the pros at allmusic

    from the album - Beta Love

    released Jan 22nd, 2013

    Bio - from allmusic

    Combining indie rock with chamber pop flourishes (courtesy of a small string section), Ra Ra
    Riot formed while the band's six members were attending college in Syracuse, New York. Milo
    Bonacci (guitar), Alexandra Lawn (cello), Wesley Miles (keyboard/vocals), John Pike (drums),
    Mathieu Santos (bass), and Rebecca Zeller (violin) first came together in January 2006,
    creating an eclectic sound that allowed them to play alongside the Horrors, Bow Wow Wow, and
    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin within a year of the band's formation. After pulling up
    stakes and relocating to New York City, the band recorded a self-titled EP and prepared to
    release it during the summer of 2007. That June, however, Pike died after disappearing one
    night from a party in Fairhaven, Rhode Island. His body was later found in nearby Buzzard's
    Bay. Several weeks later, the mourning bandmates issued a statement confirming their
    continuation as a band.

    Ra Ra Riot joined the roster at V2 Records later that year before switching their American
    operations to Barsuk Records, who signed them in May 2008 and released their debut album, The
    Rhumb Line, in August. Reviews were positive, and Ra Ra Riot spent the better part of a year on
    the road, where they toured with bands like Death Cab for Cutie and headlined their own
    performances as well. During a lull in their schedule, the musicians decamped to a peach
    orchard in upstate New York, where they spent several weeks writing songs and recording demos.
    Those songs eventually made their way onto The Orchard, Ra Ra Riot's second album, which
    appeared in August 2010. In 2012, Lawn announced she had left the band. The band did not
    replace her and began work on new material. In 2013, Ra Ra Riot delivered its third studio
    album, the more synth pop-inflected Beta Love.

    Album Review - from allmusic

    [-]by Matt Collar

    Ra Ra Riot's third studio album, 2013's Beta Love, finds the Syracuse outfit delivering an
    electronic, keyboard-heavy effort that still retains much of the melodic songcraft and
    orchestral influence that marked their previous work. Having parted ways with cellist Alexandra
    Lawn in 2012, Ra Ra Riot were surely at a creative crossroads during the recording of Beta
    Love. However, the remaining bandmembers (vocalist Wes Miles, violinist Rebecca Zeller,
    guitarist Milo Bonacci, and bassist Mathieu Santos) did not replace Lawn and instead traveled
    to the warmer climes of Missouri to work with producer/engineer Dennis Herring (Elvis Costello,
    Modest Mouse) and a handful of guest musicians on crafting a more experimental, synthesizer-
    based sound. With lyrics and songs inspired by a variety of future-looking sources including
    author/keyboard inventor Ray Kurzweil and writer William Gibson, Ra Ra Riot employed various
    synthesizers to complement their already innovative mix of rock and classical instrumentation.
    The result is that Beta Love, while clearly a move away from the precise chamber pop of 2010's
    Orchard, is still an immediately infectious, harmonically intriguing album that subtly
    incorporates Zeller's classically trained violin chops into an even more unified band sound. In
    fact, Zeller's shiny violin is employed so deftly here, often in tandem with the synth lines,
    that the focus ends up being more on the overall sound of a song than on any one aspect of an
    arrangement. Also still a focal point here is Miles' angelic, resonant tenor croon that,
    matched with lyrics that delve into alienation in a modern world, robot love, and the eternal
    question of whether or not Androids dream, works as an emotional core for the album. He coos on
    the ebullient closing track, "I Shut Off," "Who wants a human love? A Death trap? A Suicide
    club? I do... I do..." While there is definitely an atmospheric, introspective, and somewhat
    experimental quality to many of the songs on Beta Love, as on the yearning, lyrical ballad
    "When I Dream," it is undeniably a dance album. Cuts like the bouncy lead-off "Dance with Me"
    and the positively euphoric title track are wide-eyed, neon-colored anthems that seem to find
    the perfect balance between Michael Jackson's "Rock with You," ELO's "All Around the World,"
    and Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." Which isnít to say that the album sounds exactly like the
    work of any one of these artists in particular, but Beta Love does fit nicely alongside works
    by such similarly inclined contemporaries as Minus the Bear and Young Galaxy; bands who've
    explored synthesizers and '80s New Wave and adult contemporary as a way to expand their sonic
    palette. Ultimately though, whether robotic or human, binary or organic, it is Ra Ra Riot's
    gift for addictive, romantic songcraft that gives Beta Love its heart.

    Track Listing

    1. Dance With Me
    2. Binary Mind
    3. Beta Love
    4. Is It Too Much
    5. For Once
    6. Angel, Please
    7. What I Do For You
    8. When I Dream
    9. That Much
    10. Wilderness
    11. I Shut Off
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    same old whiney vocals as a million other bands in your link, and yes, way too much 'soul-less' synth stuff in there for me also.....

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