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Rodeo Ruby Love - This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things
Record Label: Crossroads Of America
Release Date: June 29th, 2010
It’s gentle, it’s bubbly, it’s holding-hands-in-the-park-on-a-crisp-spring-morning. Meet Rodeo Ruby Love from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Taking an odd and slightly risky move, This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things opens with the nearly two-minute, one-man acoustic track “Elizabeth.” The song sets the tone for the tracks to follow, putting the bow atop the package of an indie-pop collection as variable and interesting as the album’s cover art.

If you’re willing to wade through an overwhelming stretch of poppy, springtime-stroll instrumentals, “The Coming Up Roses” holds the album’s largest treasure in a brief verse of inspired sing-a-long vocals. Think a collection of drunk guys singing at a bar, only most certainly not drunk and probably hanging out in someone’s garage or a car than gathered at a bar.

“Most of us had hit rock bottom
Before we chose to acknowledge
The effort that goes in.
Most of us were strapped for meaning
So we stood up and started swinging
And landed a good shot on the chin.
Most of us were riding shotgun
1970 Plymouth Valiant
To Carmel and back again.”

However, if you want to talk oddball lyrics, skip a few tracks ahead to “Josephine” for this gem of a one-liner: “Please don’t shower, I want your stench covering my body’s every inch.” I don’t think you really need me to add anything else to this one.

Infusing xylophone, keyboards, ukelele, and the occasional horns in addition to the traditional bass, drums, and guitar, Rodeo Ruby Love stretch and mold themselves like salt-water taffy – undoubtedly sweet and unique, with a variety of flavors set to please even the most skeptical of listeners; never mind the colorful flair of female vocals highlighting and complementing the dominant male voice of the group.

Rodeo Ruby’s Love This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things will keep you company through smiles, frowns, and those pesky mundane days that never quite vary from routine. This seven-piece band houses a powerhouse collection of tracks that will worm their melodies into even the tiniest crevices of your ear.

Recommended If You LikeRelient K; Saves The Day; Nineteenth Hole; The Get Up Kids

This review is a user submitted review from alienantidote. You can see all of alienantidote's submitted reviews here.
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10:46 AM on 09/20/10
and then what happens?
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spansen's Avatar
love these dudes.
07:17 AM on 09/26/10
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Hindenburg's Avatar
still haven't heard this, but i will always love this band

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