A wise addition to The Dodo's line up brings warmth and exuberance
Now shorn of vibraphonist Keaton Snyder, San Francisco’s [a]The Dodos[/a] remain a three-piece with the addition of alt.country chanteuse [a]Neko Case[/a]. The sometime [b]New Pornographer[/b] is a welcome recruit; it’s her vocal tone – warm, searching, a bit like a pixie gargling butter – that loosens the collar of the band’s sometimes metronomic acoustic rock.
You see it on [b]‘Sleep’[/b], which is like a Howard Hawks western scoring [a]The Mountain Goats[/a], where previously it might have been the reverse. In truth, the best number, staccato stomper [b]‘Companions’[/b], would be a good song even without her. Yet with, it sounds like the product of a band finding something they’ve spent three records looking for.