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Time To Die

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Small Deaths
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Longform
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Fables
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The Strums
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This Is A Business
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Two Medicines
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Troll Nacht
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Acorn Factory
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Time To Die
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 45:58

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Caitlin Dewey

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08.04.09
The Dodos, Time To Die
2009 | Label: Frenchkiss Records / The Orchard

Only a year has passed since the Dodos put out their second release, but the trio has aged — and audibly — since 2008's Visiter. Gone is the youthful exuberance of "Walking" and "Fools"; gone, too, are the taut African drum lines that earned the Dodos comparisons to Vampire Weekend, and the urgent acoustic jangle that drove them to critical acclaim. The Dodos have mellowed on this one — they're wiser and more… read more »

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not bad

dbitter

I've listened to this only a few times, but it was still worth the download. i like it enough.

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A Slow Grow

InMarch

I would have initially agreed with the other reviewers in saying that this album is good but not as good as Visiter. Several listens later, Time to Die is just as good, just different. A little different pace, but somehow keeping the same energy level you've come to expect from the Dodos. Two Medicines, Longform, and Fables have remained lasting favorites.

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best of 09?

KfuMike

It's not the Visitor but it's growing on me and may turn out to be one of my 09 favorites. the songs are not as daring and are a little more 'folksy' but I like it. Download 'This is a Business" with it's Gary Lucus inspired guitar work (it could be a Visitor B-Side) and "Fables" - the harmnonies on this tune beat any song from '09 by any artist hands down - beautiful song

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not bad, but not Visitor

getspaidtodropshit

I was blown away by Visitor. my introduction to The Dodos. And I don;t think it is just because it was my first hearing of their style. Even the song "this is a Business" which others give high marks to here. does not strike me as quite up to the level of Visitor. I might even go so far as to say that almost every song on Visitor is better than every song on this. But While I may be a harsh critic, it is still a good album, and good music, and worth downloading

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It's no Visiter ...

brepuck

but give it a chance. The album is more polished, and even feels a bit more tame after the raw, kinetic Visiter. But it's still the Dodos. That awesome percussion is still there and the vocals are even branching out a bit. It didn't grab me, but it's definitely a grower.

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Evolution?

OldSchool2000

Hey, I'm not one to deny someone the right to express themselves the way they seem fit. You're not always in the mood for upbeat, driving grooves. Visiter is one of my favorite albums of all times and it would be pretty unlikely to acheive that level twice. I like this album, but its not love yet.

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Small changes to a winning forumal

Areplacement

Dodo's third album shows a great deal of maturity grappling with issues beyond what visiter probed. Great album fits with the mood of the times.

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A solid step forward

blake0102

If you're familiar with their previous album Visiter - you'll instantly recognize the sound/style. A number of great tracks including This is a Business and Fables.

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Ultimately a misstep.

paultaylor_2009

Gone it seems are the breakneck drum beats and the recklessness of the Dodos debut "Visitors". Instead, they really relax into a slower, more meditative groove. And, yes, sometimes it even works. Look at "Fables", an ironically pleasant ballad about irresponsibility and consequences. And maybe that is the root of my issue with this album - there is a conflict concerning what direction to go. On one hand they truly do have a pleasant sound, but what was most inspiring about their debut was its grittiness, its raw sound. The conflict is subtle, but it becomes apparent in "This is a Business", which perhaps would have felt at home in "Visitors", stands out like a sore thumb. I still love these guys, but this album ultimately registers as a misstep.

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almost...

Smalltownghosts

I love this band and could not wait for this album to come out. actually maybe i wasn't as excited as i thought, because i am still willfully enjoying Visiter. however, i got the record and was pretty impressed with the first few tracks and then all of a sudden the album was over and i had no idea what the middle of the album sounded like, not a positive reaction to any album. The vocals are too polished, the drums have no character and are barely audible, and the guitar sounds like a top forty cock rock band's. i DO think this record will grow on me but, let's hope it only takes them a year to put out another one.

They Say All Music Guide

For Time to Die, the Dodos added a new member, electric vibraphonist Keaton Snyder, and worked with a new producer, Phil Ek. Despite these changes, the band’s third album is surprisingly predictable, replacing the free-wheeling approach of Beware of the Maniacs and their breakthrough album, Visiter, with a slower, more polished approach that focuses on their melodies. “Troll Nacht” and “Acorn Factory” are so undeniably pretty they’re impossible to dislike, but they don’t necessarily connect the way the Dodos’ earlier work did. What made the band’s music exciting, particularly on Visiter, was the contrast of those pretty melodies with Logan Kroeber’s intricate drumming, and the feeling that the Dodos’ songs could — and often did — end up in completely different musical territory than where they started. And while the sound quality wasn’t pristine, it gave a real sense of the space and energy around the band. That visceral edge and intimacy are missing from most of Time to Die, bringing the band closer to the Shins or Fleet Foxes (two bands Ek has also produced). Kroeber’s drums are often buried, which adds to the overly groomed feel, and while Snyder’s vibraphones add atmosphere to Time to Die’s closing title track, they also contribute to the album’s tamer feel, since there’s nothing rougher to contrast with them. Songs like “The Strums” — which has a vibraphone-and-guitars rave-up that feels more planned than spontaneous — dominate the album, but the Dodos’ wildness resurfaces occasionally. “Longform”‘s winding melody and intricate picking recalls the ebb and flow of their earlier work; the galloping “This Is a Business” gives the band’s drums and guitars equal time, and actually rocks out; and “Two Medicines” balances the album’s more pop approach with the tension of the Dodos’ earlier music, adding bustling vocal harmonies for good measure. Time to Die is far from a bad album, but unpredictability still suits the Dodos better than trying to fit into a more recognizable indie rock mold. – Heather Phares

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