Music Review: The Rhumb Line

Ra Ra Riot’s first full-length album is a burst of ecstatic pop, sure to charm sophisticates and thrill seekers alike.

Fight disinformation. Get a daily recap of the facts that matter. Sign up for the free Mother Jones newsletter.


When Wesley Miles exclaims, “It’s hard to stay cool,” he’s not kidding. The first full-length album from this quintet is a burst of ecstatic pop that matches the rousing energy of stadium anthems, but not their predictability. However urgent the passions of “Dying Is Fine” (whose title comes from an e.e. cummings poem) or “Too Too Too Fast,” Ra Ra Riot maintains a light touch, letting nimble cello and violin frame the bright melodies. The marriage of visceral and cerebral in “Ghost Under Rocks” and “Run My Mouth” will charm sophisticates and thrill seekers alike.

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate