Review: Little Dragon, ‘Ritual Union’

Review: Little Dragon, ‘Ritual Union’: Aidin Vaziri | Why get caught up in the ’80s revival that’s causing an outbreak of saxophone solos in pop music? On its third album, Little Dragon leapfrogs the decade entirely and goes for distinctly ’90s touches, favoring skittering drum ‘n’ bass rhythms, industrial synthesizer effects and the kind of robot-huffing-helium vocals not heard since the heyday of the Sneaker Pimps. Or maybe the Swedish electro-pop troupe, recently given a boost by collaborations with Gorillaz and Big Boi, never outgrew its roots. That’s no bad thing. “Ritual Union” balances its inadvertent nostalgia with singer Yukimi Nagano’s impeccably cool presence in off-kilter cuts such as “Nightlight,” “Seconds” and the rib-rumbling title track.


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