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Exuberance and a polyglot mix of horn-driven ska, hip-hop rhymes, and an old-fashioned guitar solo or two drive this Boston eight-piece formerly known as Doctors of Flight. Now reborn with a darker moniker, but no less upbeat disposition, Doctor Doom Orchestra delivers an impressively self-assured debut EP that clocks in at seven tracks and nearly as many stylistic touchstones.
While none of it will sound groundbreaking to anyone familiar with the myriad jam-rock and third wave ska syntheses that took hold in the ’90s, the group’s fast-fire raps, bright instrumentation and tight arrangements, and sturdy yet elastic sense of melody spark standout tracks like “Deep in the Green’’ and “Spin the World.’’ Also not insignificant to the outfit’s growing appeal as a live act is its array of male/female voices that are as texturally diverse — smooth, rugged, soaring — as they are strong and soulful.
-The Boston Globe