Please Describe Yourself
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Dogs Die in Hot Cars is one of the wonderful surprises of the new year. Song after song off their album, "Please Describe Yourself" is a sonic delight, with several true gems amongst some killer filler. Most of the songs are uptempo, with guitars and pianos that would not sound out of place on New Wave radio back in the early 80's. Besides the obvious XTC references, some of the songs reminded me of "happy" Cure songs (like "Just Like Heaven") or later Oingo Boingo (not like their manic first three albums...).
The opening song, "I Love You Because I Have To", is a fine intro, but the title's actually better than the song itself.
No worries, as "Modern Woman" gallops along to a melodic rock beat and will more than likely have you saying, out loud, "Wow...this is pretty good!"
"Celebrity Sanctum" is a hoot...name-dropping female celebs with giggle-inducing lyrics. 'I love Lucy twice as much as you."
I feel they wear their XTC roots on their sleeves; one of their songs is called "Apples & Oranges"....a later XTC album is called "Oranges & Lemons". The lead singer's voice has an uncanny similarity to that of Andy Partridge, and their melodicism, instrument selection, and humor reflect, with pride, XTC's influence.
The high quality is maintained through songs like "Godhopping" and "Lounger"; the latter song could be the slacker generation's new anthem.
Seriously, nearly every song has something to recommend about it, and all are worth listening to once. MOST of them will have you returning to the album again and again. There are not many new albums you can say that about.
This is an enhanced CD, containing videos for "Godhopping", "I Love You 'Cause I Have To", and "Lounger". The videos also look like they're from the early 80s; they have the kind of unimaginative visuals that were common on MTV in the early days, but look pretty dull by today's standards. "Lounger" is the most interesting of the three.
(1=poor 2=mediocre 3=pretty good 4=very good 5=phenomenal)
As far as i'm concerned, ddihc clearly are a great band, i heard 'i love you cause i have to' on late night mtv2 and was instantly hooked, i eventually found their album and to my surprise, the album even better than i could have imagined, i still listen to the album day to day and its still as catchy and musically uplifting as it ever was.
I would place 'pasttimes and lifestyles' as my favourite track for its amazingly strange lyrical content and driving chorus and i can see it being a very long time to come before i ever put this album down. It makes me happy and it makes me think and being an aspiring director (fingers crossed) i hope to one day make 'apples and oranges' part of a movie soundtrack (personally i think it would have made a fine addition to the garden state soundtrack but oh well :P)
buy the album...buy it now !!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found this disc at a secondhand store last year. They name "Dogs die in hot Cars" sort've grabbed me and i had to buy it. Read morePublished on November 11, 2013 by JC88
I confess: I bought this album after hearing "I Love You 'Cause I have to" on NPR because of the funny band name. Read morePublished on September 14, 2006 by Ian Murdock
As many reviewers point out, Dogs Die in Hot Cars sound extremely similar to XTC, and they do, but is that a bad thing? Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by WillieB
This is a fantastic album; every song should be no.1 in my opinion! In my opinion their best songs are 'Somewhat Off The Way', 'Glimpse At The Good Life' and 'Godhopping', closely... Read morePublished on February 18, 2006 by M. D
Dogs Die In Hot Cars (wow that's a bad name) definitely give "Please Describe Yourself" their all, but in the end it's barely a good album. Read morePublished on January 7, 2006 by C. Cross
There are way too many comparisons between Dogs Die in Hot Cars and Franz Ferdinand. Both the bands are Scottish, but the similarities stop there. Read morePublished on December 28, 2005 by Pop Culture Master
Being ahuge fan of 80's new wave music. I like this album alot. Reminds me of xtc of course also a little of madness thrown in. I recomend this to fans of 80's new wave.Published on October 30, 2005 by Russell Foster
DDIHC get a lot of comparisons to XTC, and with good reason. The lead singer has emulated Andy Partridge's barking vocals to an impressive level, and the music seems to have taken... Read morePublished on June 14, 2005 by Jeffrey P. Gustafson
A huge XTC fan and yet I am not upset one bit of how similar this band sounds. In fact it is refreshing. Read morePublished on May 20, 2005 by DevinShore