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The third album by the Dodos opens with “Small Deaths,” a sweet and smart number that creeps along stealthily much in the way their previous release, Visiter, did. While their sound continues to center around skillful, propulsive drumming and percussion, an abundance of acoustic guitars and Meric Long’s pleasant, warm voice drawing out syllables at a leisurely pace, Time To Die feels a bit more restrained than Visiter. Standouts like “Longform,” and “Acorn Factory” feature top-notch acoustic guitar work, while “The Strums” is pushed and pulled by humming, Feelies-like guitars. “Fables” has a melodic, repeated chorus and the most traditional song structure of the bunch, and “Troll Nacht” beautifully nudges glittering, acoustic fingerpicking up against reedy, electric guitars and walls of tom drums. That yin/yang struggle is a teaser, and one might beg the band for more of those dynamics in the future. Better yet, they can steal their own ideas from Time To Die’s title track, a blissful, six-minute mini-epic of hard edges and surprises; acoustic guitars never sounded so exciting.

Customer Reviews

The Dodos STILL rule!

C'mon people? Try reviewing a record on its own accord... Lo-fi bands can't stay Lo-Fi forever! These guys are awesome and Ek's production work only shows that even more so... Keep it up boys, and tour South Florida why don'tcha??


I know that everyone is a little disappointed that it isn't as wild as Visiter, an album which I adore, but this band is evolving. You can't expect them to stay the same forever. Musically, the album is superb. Laced with intricate acoustic guitar lines and more subdued but still outstanding drums, this album is much more polished than any of their previous works and will surely have to endure many listens on repeat on my iPod.

#2 Album for a #1 Artist

Visiter is my favorite album of all time, this is a good quieter album. The band's sound is evolving. Live with it.


Formed: 2005 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Originally formed in 2006 as Dodobird by multi-instrumentalist Meric Long, unpredictable San Francisco indie rock duo the Dodos acquired their new moniker with the arrival of Logan Kroeber, a fellow West Coast artist whose penchant for experimental drumming and progressive metal melded perfectly with Long's interest in West African Ewe drumming and country blues fingerpicking. The Dodos independently released their debut album, Beware of the Maniacs, that same year, followed by Visiter in 2008. Long...
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