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Be The Void

February 3, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 3, 2012
  • Release Date: February 3, 2012
  • Label: Anti/Epitaph
  • Copyright: 2012 Anti, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 47:35
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  • ASIN: B0070PVCUU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,954 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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Dr. Dog can, and do with vigor.
J. Hubner
I heard these guys on one of my local radio stations and was immediately hooked.
H.B.
Very good band, great potential.
DEBurton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By headstatic on February 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Simply put Dr. Dog is my favorite band, finely crafting songs that mix modern lyricism with 60's pop melodies & lo-fi recording methods...
But with 'Be the Void', Dr. Dog changes up their sound a bit for a vibe more in tune with their live shows... loud & racious.
As usual though, this is an album you put on & leave on with plenty of high points...
'Old Black Hole' will have you striving to learn the words like REM's 'It's the end of the world as we know it'...
'How Long Must I Wait, Do The Trick, & Heavy Light' are wonderfully soulful love songs...
While 'These Days, Big Girl & Warrior Man' are just plain ol' groovy rockers...
If you're sick of what's on the radio & are looking for something authentic... some music to live with... do yourself a favor & buy this album along with the rest of their catalogue. These guys are the real deal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hubner on February 25, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dr. Dog are one of those bands that wear their heart on their sleeve. They write songs that seem instantly recognizable, yet are wholly and completely from Dr. Dog's slightly psychedelic, slightly melancholy universe. Since 2007s We All Belong, Dr. Dog have built a very strong and dedicated fanbase. They've also amassed their share of naysayers for also wearing their influences proudly on their sleeves. The Band, Beach Boys, Beatles, Velvet Underground, Philly Soul and 90s lo fi bands like Sebadoh, Pavement, and Guided By Voices have haunted the songs of Dr. Dog from the start, beginning with their eponymous debut Toothbrush. Despite backlash, naysayers and generally cranky, bitter idiots, Dr. Dog have returned with their best album to date, Be The Void.

`Lonesome' starts the album out with the line "What does it take to be lonesome, nothin' at all", then proceeds to get into some slide guitar blues swoon, gutter stomp rhythms and call and response background vocals that gives this song something Dr. Dog have only hinted at in the past: swaggar. They've often hinted at this sort of track in the past but never fully commited. A great track to start things out on. `That Old Black Hole' keeps things going with it's infectious rhythm, courtesy of Eric Slick, and an almost jubilant rolling chorus. `These Days' rolls in with the most modern sounding track to date for Dr. Dog. A fast, upbeat track with a constant, pulsating bass line from Toby Leaman and a great piano line. If the Strokes could write something that wasn't ironic or tongue-in-cheek, then they might be able to pull this excellent track off. But they can't. Dr. Dog can, and do with vigor. `How Long Must I Wait' follows with a great, almost caribbean vibe. Scott McMicken has such a great longing to his vocals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marty L on June 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I saw them live, opening for Wilco during their "Fate" touring. They were fantastic live and I didn't have a clue who they were. Now we own most of their work. I love the lyrics and the driving bass lines. Vocals are fun and they are full of energy.
Buy this album and try to see them live, and then you will get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Caston on February 9, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I started listening to these guys when they were on tour for Easy Beat and I was hooked immediately after seeing them live. Each album has been a blessing and Be the Void is no different. Do yourself a favor and go see them when they are on tour in your area! It's very likely you will fall in love. These guys are authentic and they play from the heart.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Storylover TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Dr. Dog know how make a great pop song, and when you listen to them, you know that you are in the hands of true craftsmen. The music is creative, bursting with melody, and loose and--at times--funky. The references to classic rock and Beatles are still there, and that is a good thing, but Dr. Dog sound more and more like themselves as time goes by, and Be The Void is simply a fun listen from moment one to moment last. "These Days" is one of the coolest pop songs I've heard in a while, with a driving guitar hook on the front end that gets in between your bones and has you moving. Do I detect a little channel of Is This It era Strokes here? I think I do, but it doesn't sound like theft so much as just really good rock and roll by folks who know what they are doing. "Big Girl" is another standout track for me, with a stomiping bass groove and early Bowiesque vocals. The whole listen is consistently high, always surprising--Dr. Dog have not lost their ability to surprise, in a good way--and compulsive. The only problem with the cd is that I keep hitting play when it is finished to listen to it again! I'm driving my wife a little crazy with it. Great record by a great Philly band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Zook on September 20, 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Side A (first 6 songs) may be the best side of any album in my collection. The whole album is a winner and it sounds great on vinyl. Can't stop listening to these songs. I bought the record for "Lonesome" and "That
Old Black Hole" but then found that the whole album is as toe-tapping, sing-along catchy as those songs. It's hard to believe that everyone hasn't heard of and doesn't love this band.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H.B. on November 4, 2012
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I heard these guys on one of my local radio stations and was immediately hooked. I bought the album and am really glad I did. Will be watching to see if they have any live shows near me.
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