I was really looking forward to hearing The Orchard after seeing Ra Ra Riot perform their first album, The Rhumb Line at Coachella. Released on August 24th, The Orchard was created while a friend of the band allowed them to stay on an orchard for the summer to write and compose the album. There is an overall sense of maturity that can be found/heard on this album, but seeing as they had more focus and concentration when writing this one I think it only makes sense. Early releases of the single “Boy” and “Too Dramatic” had most of the blogosphere excited for the album to drop because it mimicked the up-beat, fast tempo that was heard on The Rhumb Line. However, once the album was released, where most were disappointed, I was impressed. The album doesn’t focus entirely on the “pop” part of their infamous “pop-chamber” sound, they take things slower this time. Album review after the jump!