Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line

Ra Ra Riot The Rhumb Line
If you’ve heard Ra Ra Riot’s self-titled EP, you’ve already had a taste of almost half of The Rhumb Line. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. The four tracks that have been transferred from one recording to the other are just as they were originally, other than the obvious fact that they’ve been rerecorded, and the other six songs are the exact extension the EP needed. Nothing that this Syracuse sextet do is particularly innovative but Ra Ra Riot manage to take their idea of pop rock and turn it into something that you just don’t want to turn off. Even "Too Too Too Fast,” the record’s slight nod to the ’80s, takes its rightful place in The Rhumb Line with an unforgettable chorus backed by Alexandra Lawn’s repetition of the song’s title. This record might not start a riot but it is worthy of a living room dance party. (Barsuk)