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Orquesta Del Desierto

"Dos" CD

MeteorCity Records

Genres: desert rock, Southern rock, rock

PO Box 40322
Albuquerque NM

Jul 19 - 25 2004

Dos, Orquesta Del Desierto's second album, is yet another fine chapter in MeteorCity's discography.  It is a hard disc to classify, but it seems to fall under the banner of Southern "desert rock," light and breezy, but with certain "hard" overtones (members of Wool, Goatsnake, and Scream are all entangled in the band's personnel list.)

"Summer" is an amazing piece of music - easily the best on this disc.  Its intense, beautiful build-up-and-release structure is positively inspiring.  "Life Without Color" is also an impressive piece of Southern rock, with a bit of a jam band quality to it.  "Rope" and "Reaching Out," in the same vein, are both infectious, memorable rock numbers.

The album's consistent quality wears off a bit in its second half, when the disc begins to dish out hooks and melodies a bit less frequently.  There is still lots to enjoy, but it will require more patience to be fully appreciated.  "Over Here" and "Sleeping the Dream" are deeply atmospheric, relying on mood and texture as opposed to melodies and vocal hooks.  Although "Someday" and the rollicking "What in the World" do add a bit of an accessible flair, neither are as notably memorable as the disc's earlier songs.

Dos is an incredibly enjoyable album; I could see it as a launching pad for a new "desert-rock" genre.  Don't count Orquesta Del Desierto out because they're different; take this opportunity to discover a unique and promising sound.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]