Dog Problems

Dog Problems

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by The Format
     
 
Tired of lamenting the split from a significant other locked in a dark room with Bright Eyes on repeat? Ready to turn that pain into a joyous singalong outside under the bright sun? Lucky for you, Arizona's the Format -- barely appearing phased at being dropped by Atlantic in 2005 -- have arrived with their self

Overview

Tired of lamenting the split from a significant other locked in a dark room with Bright Eyes on repeat? Ready to turn that pain into a joyous singalong outside under the bright sun? Lucky for you, Arizona's the Format -- barely appearing phased at being dropped by Atlantic in 2005 -- have arrived with their self-released sophomore full-length, Dog Problems. Sure the album is mostly about singer Nate Ruess' most recent breakup and subsequent broken heart, but seriously, it's hands-down the feel-good album of the summer. After all, the heartache-induced lyrics of sarcasm and bitterness are in direct contrast to the sonic warmth emanating from every note-filled corner. Deftly elaborating on the sweet indie pop affair of 2003's Interventions and Lullabies, the guys have moved past straightforward ditties to craft songs that incorporate a wide range of instruments, tones, and occasionally, full-on orchestrations. "Time Bomb" immediately launches forth with exuberant vocal harmonies before the key-dancing chorus boogies to the front; the ironically catchy "The Compromise" -- which is the defiant result of Atlantic asking for a pop hit -- can be called radio-friendly in the best sense of the term. From a whimsical, carnival-esque air that appears sporadically throughout, the Format mix in horn sections, piano, banjo, handclaps and pretty much whatever else was lying around the studio when recording commenced. But every element is cleanly pulled off with such effortless charm, grace, and style that the songs in no way feel bogged down under the weight of the bands' ambition. The music never sounds forced or like the band is simply trying to be different through gimmicks; they've just matured into a new skin that fits as delightfully as their old. The Format were already showing obvious signs of being unable to write a bad song on Lullabies, but Dog Problems simply glows from beginning to end. It's like the music (both the gentle songs and high-energy ones) just can't help being fun and catchy, even if for some reason it didn't want to. The Format skirts cheesiness and cliché trappings by simply knowing how to make likable pop music that is entertaining and smart -- and they've absolutely never sounded better.

Editorial Reviews

Billboard - Katie Hasty
The emotional outcome from listening to "Dog Problems" all depends on how closely one listens, but it is a treasure regardless of the result.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Bronson
Credit the twentysomething songwriting team from suburban Phoenix for giving vintage-pop fans a reason to clap their hands (and bob their heads) and say yes.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/11/2006
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003059220
catalogNumber:
30592
Rank:
46209

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Format   Primary Artist
Anna Waronker   Vocals
Roy Wiegand   Trumpet
Jean Marinelli   French Horn
Joey Waronker   Percussion,Drums
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Johana Krejci   Violin
Ken Sluiter   Choir, Chorus
Adriana Zoppo   Viola
Dave Ryan   Trombone
Aaron Wendt   Noise
Mark Buzard   Choir, Chorus
Mike Schey   Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Slide Guitar
Nate Ruess   Synthesizer,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sam Means   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Roger Joseph Manning   Harpsichord,Wurlitzer
Paul Loredo   French Horn
Deborah Avery   Clarinet,Saxophone
Jim McMillan   Trombone
J'Anna Jacoby   Cello

Technical Credits

Linda Perry   Composer
Anna Waronker   Vocal Arrangements
John Rummen   Art Direction
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Aaron Wendt   Sound Effects
Nate Ruess   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Sam Means   Composer,Artwork,Horn Arrangements,Instrumentation
Roger Joseph Manning   Orchestral Arrangements
Tom Gates   Management

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Dog Problems 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Formats new album Dog Problems masters "feel good" music, and just makes you happy to hear them. Their style is unique and may be what you have been looking for if you want to find some great new music. Dead End can put a smile on anyones face. Their song tones are so uplifting, its hard to feel down when listening to this. This new album gives a different side of The Format, with some differences from their previous albums, but unlike most artists, this very small change was good. The style in music of Dog Problems can somewhat be compared to some of the uplifting music by Queen. This band is so underrated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Format is one of my all-time favorite bands. I highly recommend this album for the listener who enjoys meaningful lyrics and amazing melodies. The Format has once again created a formula to deliver new, unique music not comparible to anything out today
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