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Dr Dog
Fate
(Park The Van)

When Scott McMicken's itchy voice sings; "Are you moving much too fast? And the good times that just don't last. If you're always on the go. Make an angel in the snow. And freeze" I find something I can relate to on more than one level. By the time the backup vocals are dancing over the melody of the song, a coy smile has materialized on my face that won't leave for 45 min. Dr Dog's Fate is a simple complexity, the sounds and melodies are ordinary, the beats sound like something straight off an Otis Redding or Al Green record, and the organ might as well be Billy Preston... yet throw them all together and you have something that is so beautiful its hard to even wrap your mind around it.

You're going to listen to the guitar riffs and distortion and wonder where you've heard that sound before; let me save you the frustration of trying to figure it out; The White Album, Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. I find myself having a hard time deciding which voice I like best: Scott McMicken's slightly nasally, addictive voice or Toby Leaman's passionate, soulful voice. I'm glad I don't have to choose as they are equally present on Fate.

Now that I have discussed all the elements that are present on this album, let's take our hats off to the geniuses that put it all together on one album. I am a huge fan of two different types of improvisation, Jazz and Comedy. In both of these art forms one of the goals is balance--balance is needed in order to knock it the hell off course with a hot solo or a unexpected connection. Fate offers a complete balance of sounds, but don't get too comfortable...there are suprises in every song, beat and tone.



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