American Indie Rock group Ra Ra Riot release their third studio album, with new band members and a shift in sound, we see if this album can live up to its predecessors.
Ra Ra Riot have had a career that infuses great success with a vein of set backs, the latest being the decision of former cellist Alexandra Lawn to leave the band, but it’s the mark of a good band to be able to get up and move on from these set backs which is exactly what they’ve done with this new album.
Beta Love has an interesting and up-beat sound, with vocalist Wes Miles’ Adam Levine-esque tones a welcome accompaniment to the eclectic musical style. Opening track Dance with Me and further down the album Angel, Please both have the potential to be big summer anthems while the calmer When I Dream, easily my stand out track, is a destined to be the break up song in some chick-flick soundtrack.
The second track Binary Mind is a clever toe-tapper, a fun little track which slightly over-shadows the albums title track that comes after it. All in all the first half of the album sets a steady pace, with one eye on the Indie Rock rule book and the other fixed firmly on Bohemian Experimentalism.
Toward the end the album gets more experimental, some funky 70’s beats and some obscure synth tunes make an appearance but don’t diminish the quality of the album. It’s often the case with indie bands, so under pressure to release new material that the end of the third album suffers at the mercy of the first few tracks, but Ra Ra Riot have bucked the trend by creating a whole album of quality tracks with maybe one or two real stand outs.
To sum up
Beta Love is a good album, from a band who have proved their quality countless times both in the studio and on stage. A chirpy and generally enjoyable 30 minutes with no real mistakes anywhere to be heard, we can expect to see much more from these guys in the future.
Stand Out tracks for me, track 1 Dance with Me and track 8 When I Dream. Here’s my favourite track of the album:
Beta Love By Ra Ra Riot is released on 18 March.