Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Dodos - Vistiter

  • Non-gatefold
  • No lyrics

  • Album Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
  • Sound Quality: 5/5 (Perfect)
  • Packaging: 3/5 (Average)

Visiter is many things. Visiter is epic. Visiter is engaging. Visiter is unique.  Visiter is a damn fine album.

Visiter is the sophomore full-length by indie-folk duo The Dodos. With a unique percussive style that will knock your socks off and some incredible acoustic guitar work by frontman Meric Long,  Visiter is an album that captures the imagination in it's most primitive form.

The first single, "Fools", is a perfect demonstration of The Dodo's charismatic approach to the acoustic-folk style. If you are new to The Dodos, "Fools" is a great starting point. Other standouts include the sprawling, fast-paced foot stomper of a track, "Jodi", and the beautifully crafted, atmospheric "Ashley". "The Season" is a melodic and aggressive climax to the album that really shows off just what The Dodos are capable of in their songwriting. The questioning, repetitive, and sarcastic nature of the closing track, "God?", wraps everything up sweetly.

Due to the organic nature of Visiter, the vinyl version of the album sounds absolutely incredible! This is NOT an album to be listened to on headphones, this is an album meant to be felt all around you. It is crisp, clear, and the percussion will make your mouth water.

The packaging is basic, but nothing to complain about. It does come with some interesting drawings!

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