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- Carrier by The Dodos
8/10 Ian Staff review, 06 September 2013
After the unfortunate passing of their (and Women's) guitarist Chris Reimer last year, San Francisco lads Dodos had to go back to the drawing board as far as songwriting was concerned. The death of a friend can have a very big impact on a band, changing the dynamic and sound to a large degree. Dodos were not going to let this be the end of them though, going into the studio to write ‘Carrier’, their fifth album was the perfect way to honor the memory of Chris.
‘Carrier’ is the sound of a band with a new outlook on life, taking things by the balls so to speak and shouting from the rooftops, it’s a surprisingly uplifting album given the circumstances, ‘Confidence’ has a Death Cab For Cutie style swagger and the Foals-esque plinky reverbed guitar gives just a little underlay of melancholy, even the soft acoustic moments (‘Relief’) have a slightly uplifting feel to them.
I guess what Dodos have done is take the death of Chris and turn it into something positive, celebrating his life rather than mourning his death, this certainly shows in the majority of the song titles, ‘Transformer’, ‘Holidays’, ‘Family’ all seem to be looking back in a way, to happier times and moving on to new experiences. Available on 180g blue vinyl in gatefold sleeve with download code.
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