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Fate sees the Philadelphia-based quintet filtering the gamut of American popular music into its own idiosyncratic brand of blue-eyed, dilated-pupil soul. As ever, Dr. Dog makes magic from an enduring pop palette of intricate harmonies, shape-shifting melodies, and ramshackle audio ingenuity - all presented through the band's slightly skewed and utterly individualistic outlook. Dr. Dog have toured with Wilco, Strokes, Raconteurs, Black Keys, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Magic Numbers, Cold War Kids, and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Breeze
  2. Hang On
  3. The Old Days
  4. Army of Ancients
  5. The Rabbit, the Bat, and the Reindeer
  6. The Ark
  7. From
  8. 100 Years
  9. Uncovering the Old
  10. The Beach
  11. My Friend


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 22, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Park The Van
  • ASIN: B0018TAFW0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dr. Dog has been on a roll. Only last year did they release the very nice "We All Belong", their 4th studio album, and already we have a new album from the Philadelphia indie-band.

"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.
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Dr. Dog's fifth album is a continuation of the 60's-style pop hooks that have made the band a favorite among Indie Rock fans. Many of the songs take on a playful feel, similar to Paul McCartney melodies, circa Abbey Road and White Album. Beatles and Beach Boys-like harmonies prevail throughout the record, creating a feel-good ambiance as one song progresses to the next.

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.
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If there ever was a Dr. Dog album that was meant to play all the way through continuously, it is Fate. Most of the songs merge or fade into one another seamlessly. The occasional sound of an old locamotive appears along with lyrics that sometimes reference trains throughout the album. Listening to the album is like being on a train rolling down the tracks and each song is a stop in a new town. Dr. Dog takes us on a journey back in time to explore common lyrical themes including religion, friendship, love, life and death without any mention of anything modern throughout the album. The songwriters share common Earthly words througout including ground, bones, stones, sand, mud, dirt, rain, wind and snow. Its as if they put themselves back 100 years in time and wrote songs about things that were important back then and probably should be more so today. This all gives the album a strong sense of cohesiveness not often seen in most modern albums.

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.
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The range of songs is diverse. They sound even more cohesive as a band. They still have their breezey feel with some darker overtones. I agree that Toby and Scott have very different styles and obsessions but they are a great team. Any fans of the previous records will eat this one up. And thanks, Pitchfork, for continuing to write your ill informed and condescending reviews when it comes to this band. Still talking about that New York Times article? Thanks Dr. Dog for another great record!
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If you feel that pop music still has potential but you just haven't seen it in decades, you might do yourself a favor by checking out this album FATE by DR DOG. Dr Dog is a Philly based band that falls into the indie pop category but they add solid amounts of classic pop-rock mentality onto this disc, taking obvious ques from the beatles, the band, and in a few instances the flaming lips. Thankfully, they do it thoroughly well themselves on this disc and have themselves a classic of their own. Soulful, rockin and at times slightly surreal.

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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