Dave McGovern
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September 22, 2005
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Oranger
New Comes and Goes

For Oranger's fourth album, New Comes and Goes, I am blessed with the opprotunity to compare apples and oranges, and apples win, hands down. Apples in Stereo has Oranger beat without breaking a sweat. Oranger is basically Apples in Stereo, but made with Splenda. I don't care how trippy the commericals are, there is no replacement for the real thing.

I am not knocking on Oranger (too hard) because New Comes and Goes is really a fun album. The best way that I can describe the record is as a chugging VW Jetta full of girls wearing ring pops and singing along at the top of their lungs, shaking their pony tails from side to side and picking stray hairs from the corners of their mouths.

The highlights of the album are “Crooked in the Weird of the Catacombs” and “New Comes and Goes.” "Crooked" features ba dum ba dum triads, unconcerned distorted power chords and ride cymbal. It is a catchy, light song that tickles your nose. The end drags a bit and gets annoying, but the song is strong enough to overlook the mundane ending. "New Comes and Goes" has Beatles Revolver style guitar with twiddling synth and stuttered vocals in the verse and then opens the song up with a Weezer chorus that includes spelling and counting. Yeah it is cliché, but FUN.

I am picky about production and Oranger pushed my buttons with their work on this album. The production seems to hold back the album's full potential. I can feel each song struggling to break through the sheen and just cut loose in the headphones. I do appreciate how the songs bleed together giving it more of an album feel and providing an uninterrupted rush, but falls just short of a true sugar buzz.

Oranger doesn't downplay their sugar sweetness. On the eenie meenie website they display the new album next to kool aid. Unfortunately this kool aide has too much ice in the pitcher and left in the sun too long. The drink is still sugary, but doesn't reach its full potential. Just imagine yourself as an eight year old: To an eight year old kool aid is kool aid. So make yourself a lemonade stand with scrap wood from the tool shed, grad a bag of animal crackers and listen to New Comes and Goes. As long as you suspend your mature musical tastes you are guarenteed to have a good time.

Release date: September 20, 2005
Label: Eenie Meenie
Rating: 5.0 / 10

[RMR]