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New Comes & Goes (Dig)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Catchy (Albeit Unexciting) New Wave-Infused Power Pop
Pop Kulcher | San Carlos, CA USA | 11/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Pop Kulcher Review: San Francisco underground indie pop heroes Oranger are back with their latest wonderful album doomed to obscurity thanks to an utterly ignorant listening public.
Oh, dang, sorry, I'm in one of those moods. Should I try again?
Oranger are back with another wonderful (if not exactly groundbreaking) album of radio-friendly pop... if we lived in an alternate universe where good music still got played on the radio.
Better? No, probably not.
Moving on... Oranger have drifted through a variety of indie pop stylings, largely derivative of umpteen other bands but with just enough clever tunes to keep me coming back for more. While earlier albums saw them trying an edgy Flaming Lips-influenced style, then a more mod-influenced Who/Creation-tinged style (with some XTC overtones), and more recently a more Brian Wilson-styled lush pop sound, 2005's New Comes And Goes seems to find the band trying their hand at New Wave-era pop, reeking of late 70's/early 80's alt-poppers like Shoes and 20/20 (but with more guitars and fewer synths). To their credit, the disc nonetheless sounds fresh and instantly contagious. Again, not enough new twists to give Oranger a distinctive sound, but energetically riffing on the right influences can be good enough for an enjoyable listen. To some extent, they seem to be drinking from the same well as Fountains of Wayne, albeit with a bit less wit and heart, but there's really no good reason the Fountains should be rising from indie pop obscurity while Oranger isn't. Bottom line -- good album, certainly should be high on the must-buy list for anyone who has ever bought a Yellow Pills compilation or misses the days when the Cars were actually fairly cool."
Satisfying power-pop for the 2000s
Mister Charlie | Los Angeles, CA | 03/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
I sometimes wonder if rock music is slowly devouring its own tail, like some kind of Escher lizard, unaware of its own impending demise. There are, for instance, so many hyphens out there (jazz-rock, pop-rock, rap-funk, electro-metal, blah blah) that one wonders if every permutation worth permuting has been played out.
There's much more I could say, but instead I'll say this: this ORANGER album is an entertaining, hooky, fairly straight-ahead pop-rock album that will get your toes tapping and your head humming. It's not going to bowl you over with Sweet New Sounds, or the Reinvention of Rock, nor do I think it wants to. This is the kind of stuff that would be playing over the loudspeakers at the miniature golf funland if I ruled the world.
I would hold this album up next to albums by SLOAN or New Pornographers, or maybe as one reviewer mentioned Fountains of Wayne, and suggest they are all worshipping, to at least a small degree, at the throne of Rubber Soul and Revolver.
Whatever Oranger was before this is kind of irrelevant. Some of the stuff I've heard before was a tad messier, bright-eyed or even psychedelic, and pretty cool. I say let's thank Oranger for not making the same album over and over again."
New Came and Went
Dusty Tones | Phoenix, AZ USA | 11/09/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being a longtime Oranger fan, it pains me to have to give their latest album only a 3 star review, but after repeated listens it just doesn't hold up to the brilliance that was 'Shutdown the Sun' and to a lesser extent the 'Quiet Vibration Land' and 'Doorway to Norway'.
My first gripe is with the production, it's very flat and tidy. Part of what made the other Oranger albums so good was the really spacey, atmospheric moods they were able to conjure up on the slower songs. This brings us to the second problem, every song on this album with the exception of one has almost the same tempo. You keep waiting for the next song to pull you in some new direction and it just never happens.
I'm also not sure why they left Spiral Stairs' Amazing Grease label either. It was tough to find this new album and the packaging and artwork (like the music) is subpar. I'm sure they still put on a great live show though. Bring back the expierimental fun next time around!"