Ra Ra Riot   Beta Love
2.5
average
Release Date: 2013
Tracklist

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1.0 awfulPaul Jacobson | April 5th 16

Oh gosh I don't know where to begin. They had something going on their first two albums, and then
they scrapped everything that was good about them for their least interesting and least unique
quality: the synthesizer. Even if I weren't so betrayed by this change, I still wouldn't like this
album. The hooks are annoying, the production and song writing is lazy, and the melodies and
instrumentation are nonexistent. None of the songs come close to hitting 4 minutes in length,
which I suppose is merciful, given that the lot of them are crap. Tracks like "Angel, Please,"
"What I Do For U," "For Once," and "Is It Too Much" sound half finished. You cannot convince me
that those songs are not demos. They're so lifeless and directionless. Honestly, fewer albums
frustrate me as much as this one does.

Favorite Tracks (in the context of the album, which isn't saying much): When I Dream, I Shut Off

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3.0 goodthejared | January 25th 13

Average indie pop. Nothing overtly bad, but nothing mind blowing either. Sorta like catching
syphilis. There are pro's and cons.

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2.5 averagejoeq70 | January 23rd 13

The thing about this album that bugged me wasn't that it wasn't that it was a departure...it was just inconsistent. A couple solid songs here, but past that I couldn't get into it.

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4.0 excellentAnthracks | January 15th 13

A lot of people like to draw comparisons to Passion Pit, but I see very little in common
other than that they both use synthesizers. Atmospherically, the most similar album I can
conjure is Hot Chip's recently released In Our Heads, though the song structures on Beta
Love are much more frenetic and much less intricate. Vocally, when not in falsetto, this is
much more similar to Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors. There's not much that digs deep in
Beta Love, but it's a hell of a lot of fun to listen to; sometimes that's all music need
contain. Bonus points for the intensely stimulating album cover.

Highlights: Beta Love, When I Dream, Is It Too Much

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3.5 greatJacob Hampton | July 11th 16
2.0 poorkarl marx was right | June 1st 16
3.0 goodskoopy48 | May 15th 16
2.0 poortricky | April 22nd 16
2.0 poorbraspberries | April 11th 16
4.5 superbMrNaterzzz | March 11th 16
2.0 poorSandwichBubble | February 26th 16
3.5 greatMossMain | July 5th 15
3.5 greatmtom42 | May 27th 15
2.0 poorNo_Turn_Unstoned | February 2nd 15
3.5 greatamf2222 | January 14th 15
2.0 poorandrofff | January 2nd 15
3.5 greatJNavs | October 21st 14
2.5 averageoahmed | August 30th 14
3.5 greatJake Kannel | July 6th 14
4.0 excellentTess | April 19th 14
3.5 greatWellFedWhiteMale | March 26th 14
4.0 excellentcameratamera | February 24th 14
2.0 poorTheScariestFish | January 12th 14
2.0 poorTheRunningPanda | December 24th 13
3.5 greatLuizLanda | November 23rd 13
3.0 goodGassman3268 | November 21st 13
3.0 goodTony Li | October 23rd 13
2.0 poorsomemetfan | September 20th 13
3.5 greatBrandon Taylor | August 4th 13
1.5 very poorjacoby111 | July 26th 13
2.5 averageAnanasins | June 4th 13
3.0 goodganjawanja13 | May 17th 13
1.0 awfulsamtopia | March 23rd 13
2.7 averageDavey Boy STAFF | March 20th 13
1.5 very poorTheMcartz33 | February 28th 13
2.5 averagemistakenformagic | February 27th 13
1.5 very poorstillsound | February 10th 13
1.5 very poorADM20 | February 8th 13
1.5 very poorOmnipanzer... | February 7th 13
2.0 poordavygrohl | February 4th 13
2.0 poorDaniel Korn | February 4th 13
2.0 poorAggravatedYeti | January 31st 13
3.0 goodScott Surette | January 31st 13
2.0 poorBadabanda | January 31st 13
2.0 poorMcMegaMountain | January 28th 13
3.5 greatTheBuzzKiller | January 28th 13
1.0 awfulgreenpaintedcement | January 28th 13
2.0 poorcastleberry | January 28th 13
3.5 greatMatski | January 28th 13
1.0 awfulmartinfajersky | January 28th 13
1.5 very poorkiddypryde | January 27th 13
2.0 poorTheAnimator | January 27th 13
3.0 goodpillowhard | January 26th 13
1.0 awfulConversationalSeadog | January 26th 13
3.2 goodIrving Tan STAFF | January 26th 13
2.0 pooralextheantichrist | January 24th 13
2.0 poorThanntos | January 24th 13
2.0 poorQuinn | January 24th 13
2.5 averageSander Kammeraat | January 24th 13
2.0 poordave the loser | January 23rd 13
3.5 greatTwelvetribes230 | January 22nd 13
4.0 excellentWombat988 | January 22nd 13
2.0 poorFromDaHood | January 22nd 13
2.3 averageRudy K. STAFF | January 21st 13
2.5 averagerapaz latino-americano | January 17th 13
3.0 goodihopeuchoke | January 15th 13

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