No Color - Frenchkiss
FILTER Grade: 87%
By Jeffrey Brown on March 15, 2011
The Dodos traded vibraphonist Keaton Snyder for Neko Case as their third member for No Color, but the biggest change isn’t any new direction but a return to the sound of their debut, helped by producer John Askew’s return. Case’s presence is seamless and unobtrusive, as is the addition of string arrangements; the album is still dominated by Meric Long’s insistent, emotional vocals and paced by Logan Kroeber’s restless energy on drums. Easily their best, most cohesive album yet, No Color shines brightly—continuing to push the band to new levels of musicianship and songwriting.