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"Fate" (11 tracks, 44 min.) brings an astounding collection of songs. The album kicks off with a great "The Breeze" and immediately it feels like the band has kicked it up another notch or two. The great tracks follow one after another, but the pay-off comes in the last third of the album. "Uncovering The Old" is as catchy (indeed even danceable) as the band has ever been. It is followed by "The Beach", with a biting undertone and aggressive electric guitar solo (imagine that!). The album closer, a 5+ min. epic "My Friend" sums up the album perfectly, with more catchy licks and melodies. Truth be told, there isn't a single weak track on here, and the leap forward from "We All Belong" is amazing.
In all, this is an outstanding album, and sure to make my "best of" for 2008. I have to admit that I didn't really got to know these guys but for the fact that they get played regularly on internet-only WOXY ("Bam! The Future of Rock and Roll"), the best source for indie-rock in the country, bar none. Meanwhile, "Fate" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Highlights include "The Old Days," whose vaudevillian piano is reminiscent of "Rockie Raccoon." "The Ark" combines a guitar-driven melody with classic Dr. Dog harmonies. "From" provides a melodic hook that grabs you upon your first listen. The track sounds like an outtake from 1967-1969 era Beatles recordings. "The Beach" features a driving guitar and organ and is among the 'hardest' rock Dr. Dog has recorded.
Fans of Dr. Dog's prior work will certainly be pleased with "Fate." Hopefully the band will continue on its recent prolific writing and recording streak.
On Fate it is clear that Scott and Toby's songwriting styles continue to diverge. Toby is continuing to explore darker themes with more use of minor chords. However, Toby's songs on Fate have some silver linings as a bridge or chorus turns to a major key and the vocal harmonies shine through like a bright light at the end of the tunnel. For an excellent example of this check out The Ark, one of my new favorite Dr. Dog songs. With The Ark Toby questions the failed promises of religion and love in minor and diminished chords, eventually resolving to some sweet major key harmonies that just stick around long enough to catch your breath before returning to the darkness of doubt. Interestingly Scott composes songs with similar subject matters but with kinder lyrics, more hope, and a less cynical perspective.Read more ›
I discovered them on the local college station through a tune called "Worst Trip" from another album of theirs and decided to check them out. Luckilly I discovered this album first in my search. That tune is good but not on the level of any song on this disc. This was instantly a catchy and diverse listen for me, some of the best I've gotten into in a while. This is as solid a pop rock and roll album as any Beatles album... you may just get hooked on the amazon clips alone... I can't believe their name is such a secret! Go give it an ear!
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Wow great album. I really recommend this band and specificity this album, it's greatPublished 11 months ago by Maximilian Funke
Great Philly Band . Phenomenal ALbum. Listen to this band and you really can't tell what era they are from.Published 19 months ago by A. Sheridan
It arrived on time and is in perfect condition. I love this album, and I've had it in the cd player of my car for the last month and a half because it's that goodPublished 23 months ago by mikhail
Received quickly and in great shape during the holidays. Teenager is a young vinyl collector, loves the group, and will be looking to purchase more of this type of genre.Published on January 17, 2014 by Suzanne Johnson
After trying to decide which Dr. Dog album to start my records off with, I went with Fate. Very satisfied. The sound translates great on vinyl.Published on July 23, 2013 by Lydia Joy
I don't know of many other modern bands that play this style of music, I was very surprised to find them. This album is very good, and I recommend it to anyone.Published on March 9, 2013 by Aaron
I bought this album a few months ago, and can not stop listening to it! Whether it's "My Friend", "Hang on", or any of the other amazing songs on this album. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Christopher Harvey