The Dodos – Time To Die
by Ryan Schumann (Music Industry), published August 18th 2011
Moldy | Stale | Edible | Fresh | Tasty!
The Dodos are found, once again, on their mission for exploring the intrinsically percussive strums of an acoustic guitar on their third full length effort, Time to Die. The overbearingly moody title is not necessarily the feel of the album however, as we meet a much calmer, much more collected songwriter Meric Long than on 2008′s fascinating and intense, Vister. One contributing factor in this less intense, more melodic timbre is Shin’s producer Phil Ek who brings out what one might have imagined if someone had said, The Shins are producing the Dodos.
Gone are the trebles of the metallic side hits of the previous album, replaced by the resonating mid-lows of the toms as well as some very Shins-esque double tracked vocals. Listening to Visiter and then to Time to Die can really only be a let down the former’s energy and emotion is so innovative and borderline psychopathic that it makes Time to Die sound like a therapy record ‘ and I’ll admit that I was a little bit disappointed. That being said, Time to Die is still a solid album, with a few standout songs.
“Two Medicines” is a bold departure in style, and an excellently constructed song with some fine vibraphones and 80′s styled repetitious harmonies. ‘Acorn Factory’ is as pretty as the Dodos will ever get, even if the lyrics remain as desolate as ever.
Other than that, the melodies seem very similar to previous Dodos efforts. In fact, it seems that the duo seem to have been listening to a lot of their debut album Beware of the Maniacs (2006). The cool syncopations and antecedent-consequent melodic structures are here, but the odd meters and visceral depths of heartache and desperation that Visiter had so promisingly shown are not. Therefore, its still an enjoyable record, but one wonders if after the taste of mainstream success that Visiter had given them made them more apt to make Time to Die than Time to Expand.
Recommended Tracks: Two Medicines, Acorn Factory