Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dr. Dog - "Shame, Shame"

Dr. Dog returns with a cleaner, more polished sound on their new album Shame, Shame, their fifth and first for their new label, Anti-.

Giving up the Beatles and 60’s influences, they went for more of an upbeat, 70’s roots-rock sound similar to the Flaming Lips jamming with the Band. Dr. Dog felt like they have never released a complete album after recording their past four albums in their own studio. So they enlisted producer Rob Schnapf, who has produced great albums by Elliott Smith and Beck, to man the boards. Without becoming a distraction, the production is more polished than the dusty techniques used on their previous albums. Although the lyrical themes may be darker, the harmonies and melodies are brighter and even catchier than before and they have finally reached their potential with Shame, Shame. The album is chock full of expressive bass lines, vintage organs, honky-tonk pianos, upbeat rhythms and the great vocal harmonies we have come to expect and serves as their best release yet.

Standout tracks include the first single, “Stranger” and its big soaring chorus, and the title track “Shame, Shame”, which includes assistance from Jim James of My Morning Jacket along with a jaunty beat and whining slide guitar. Another standout is the strutting honky-tonk piano-led “Shadow People” that sounds similar to The Flaming Lip’s “She Don’t Use Jelly”, as well as “Mirror Mirror” which features glam-y harmonies, jabbing guitars and steady beat.

Download "Stranger" here: http://bit.ly/9UdJKr

For more info click here: http://www.drdogmusic.com/ and www.myspace.com/drdog and http://www.anti.com/


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