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Coming off 2016's Need Your Light, Ra Ra Riot return with their fifth studio album, 2019's lyrical and effusive Superbloom. Largely recorded in Los Angeles with former Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam Batmanglij, Superbloom is a more organic-sounding album than much of Ra Ra Riot's work since 2013's Beta Love and finds them balancing their analog guitar, keyboard, drums, and violin approach with their love of sonically adventurous, dance-oriented pop. At the center of the album is the darkly anthemic "Belladonna." Inspired in part by the psychedelic 1973 Japanese animated film Belladonna of the Sadness, the song is one of Ra Ra Riot's most exuberant and stadium-sized singles and brings to mind the large-scale uplift of artists like U2 and Kate Bush without succumbing to imitation. Similarly engaging, the hooky "Flowers" is a rambling folk-rocker in the tradition of Fleetwood Mac. Conversely, cuts like "Bad to Worse" with its fuzzy bass and keyboards, and "War & Famine" with its atmospheric string section, bring to mind the mature, '80s sophistication of Peter Gabriel. Elsewhere, they draw upon the sleek emotionality of Prince on "Gimme Time" and dip into shimmering disco-soul on "Bitter Conversation." But again and again, while all of these songs certainly conjure their possible sources of musical inspiration, they never veer toward mimicry. Lead singer Wes Miles has grown into a robustly charismatic vocalist, ably balancing a sonorous mid-range croon with his spine-tingling falsetto. Similarly, the band has developed a much more integrated sense of how to contrast the classical talents of violinist/keyboardist Rebecca Zeller with their kinetic, post-punk rhythms. It's a balance Ra Ra Riot have been attempting to perfect since transitioning away from the chamber pop of their first two albums, and one which sounds refreshingly distinctive on Superbloom. ~ Matt Collar

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1
Flowers 00:04:56

Rostam Batmanglij, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Additional Vocals, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nick Rowe, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John DeBold, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Estep, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Zeller, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Logan Patrick, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

2
Bad To Worse 00:04:17

MANNY MARROQUIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Rostam Batmanglij, Producer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Milo Bonacci, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dalton Ricks, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

3
Belladonna 00:04:13

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - MARK STENT, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kieron Menzies, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dean Reid, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Harlan Steinberger, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Zeller, Author, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Author, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Erico Wakamatsu, Spoken Word, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

4
Endless Pain/Endless Joy 00:03:08

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Producer - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rebecca Zeller, Producer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

5
War & Famine 00:03:41

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Anderson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Bailey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author - Rebecca Zeller, Author, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Producer, Engineer, Keyboards, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

6
Bitter Conversation 00:03:07

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kieron Menzies, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dean Reid, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Harlan Steinberger, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Zeller, Author, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Author, Guitar, Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

7
This Time Of Year 00:03:56

Kieron Menzies, Composer, Producer - Dean Reid, Composer, Producer - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author

℗ 2018 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

8
Gimme Time 00:03:58

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Keith Armstrong, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kane Ritchotte, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alex Goose, Producer, Programmer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author - Rebecca Zeller, Author - Milo Bonacci, Author, Programmer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

9
Backroads 00:03:52

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kieron Menzies, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dean Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nick Van Hofwegen, Author, Programmer, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Harlan Steinberger, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Zeller, Author, Violin, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Author, Guitar, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

10
Dangerous 00:03:48

Jimmy Harry, Author - Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kieron Menzies, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Dean Reid, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Nick Van Hofwegen, Author - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Harlan Steinberger, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rebecca Zeller, Author, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Author, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

11
An Accident 00:04:18

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Author, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Anderson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Author - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Author, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Zeller, Author, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Kenneth Bernard, Drum, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

12
A Check For Daniel 00:03:44

Emily Lazar, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Emery, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ra Ra Riot, MainArtist - Wes Miles, Producer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Bernard, Producer - Chris Allgood, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mathieu Santos, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Programmer, Additional Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rebecca Zeller, Producer, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Milo Bonacci, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Kenneth Bernard, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2019 Ra Ra Riot, LLC/Rob The Rich Recordings, LLC

Album Description

Coming off 2016's Need Your Light, Ra Ra Riot return with their fifth studio album, 2019's lyrical and effusive Superbloom. Largely recorded in Los Angeles with former Vampire Weekend guitarist Rostam Batmanglij, Superbloom is a more organic-sounding album than much of Ra Ra Riot's work since 2013's Beta Love and finds them balancing their analog guitar, keyboard, drums, and violin approach with their love of sonically adventurous, dance-oriented pop. At the center of the album is the darkly anthemic "Belladonna." Inspired in part by the psychedelic 1973 Japanese animated film Belladonna of the Sadness, the song is one of Ra Ra Riot's most exuberant and stadium-sized singles and brings to mind the large-scale uplift of artists like U2 and Kate Bush without succumbing to imitation. Similarly engaging, the hooky "Flowers" is a rambling folk-rocker in the tradition of Fleetwood Mac. Conversely, cuts like "Bad to Worse" with its fuzzy bass and keyboards, and "War & Famine" with its atmospheric string section, bring to mind the mature, '80s sophistication of Peter Gabriel. Elsewhere, they draw upon the sleek emotionality of Prince on "Gimme Time" and dip into shimmering disco-soul on "Bitter Conversation." But again and again, while all of these songs certainly conjure their possible sources of musical inspiration, they never veer toward mimicry. Lead singer Wes Miles has grown into a robustly charismatic vocalist, ably balancing a sonorous mid-range croon with his spine-tingling falsetto. Similarly, the band has developed a much more integrated sense of how to contrast the classical talents of violinist/keyboardist Rebecca Zeller with their kinetic, post-punk rhythms. It's a balance Ra Ra Riot have been attempting to perfect since transitioning away from the chamber pop of their first two albums, and one which sounds refreshingly distinctive on Superbloom. ~ Matt Collar

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