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Issue #39 - Best of 2011Dr. Dog

Be the Void

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In their most rockin’ album to date, Dr. Dog comes down from the clouds to unfurl their breezy pop from the ground. Infusing bluesy notes on “Lonesome,” and a high-pitched guitar riff on “How Long Must I Wait” that wouldn’t sound out of place on the last Black Keys album, the Philadelphia quintet finds a more distinct groove. The biting phrase “You destroy all that’s good here/at your will/there’s a part of me though that/loves you still,” comes out like venom on “Vampire,” a mid-tempo number where the narrator can’t help but be seduced by the evil monster in question. Much of the album has the same bite, thanks to its percussive jab that feels indebted to Elvis Costello.

As always with Dr. Dog, beautiful harmonies float like feathers atop frontman Scott McMicken’s punctuated vocals. “Do, do, do, trick, tr’ trick,” echoes through “Do the Trick” like doo-wop making sweet love to The Beach Boys.

While 2010’s Shame, Shame took Dr. Dog on a more reflective, gloomier journey, Be the Void is the band’s reemergence into its escapist tendencies. The common ground lies in the glossy production, a far cry from early lo-fi recordings. It suits them, especially on “Heavy Light,” a foray into the island-y Afro-pop popular with such bands as GIVERS.

Seventies psychedelia chimes through the trippy “Warrior Man” and album closer “Turning the Century” (is that a sitar?). “Big Girl” is an epic barnburner that starts with a jagged guitar groove and culminates in the sort of keyboard-heavy climax that makes dreams come true. If these songs translate live, tour dates supporting Be the Void could be the most raucous we’ve seen Dr. Dog yet. It’s gonna be a fun ride. (www.drdogmusic.com)

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Ross
February 20th 2012
6:07am

Anna, you seem iangront talking about $o.99 thing. It’s not offering by gaga, is offering by amazon (they wanna promote their cloud service and compete with iTunes and they choose this album because it’s really relevant. Without that sales, she’s going to sell 900k, pretty big numbers.Also, I don’t buy a Birtney Spears or Justin Bieber album even for $0.99 because I don’t like their music, people who bought born this way did it because they want it.And, obviously you know nothing about Lady Gaga, she’s much more than bizar .I’m glad to see her selling a lot, she really deserves her hard work have to be rewarded

Missed Fortune
January 24th 2013
9:15pm

In one, his son was killed and his wife survived, in the other, his wife was killed and his son survived. Apparently, all he has to do is blink and he flip-flops between these existences.