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Fate

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Dr. Dog have been steadily refining their sound since the unexpected success of Easy Beat, and Fate continues that trend. They've still got all the right classic rock moves, clever production ideas, and the ragged-but-right vocals and bouncy bass of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken's tough guitar and sweet vocals. It sounds much like We All Belong, but this time out there are also some really nice string and horn arrangements and a bit more utilization of studio production. But a nice studio can be a double-edged sword. The songs sound great, but at times it seems that the detail and adornment are more important than the songs most noticeably on the opener, which is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
Dr. Dog have been steadily refining their sound since the unexpected success of Easy Beat, and Fate continues that trend. They've still got all the right classic rock moves, clever production ideas, and the ragged-but-right vocals and bouncy bass of Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken's tough guitar and sweet vocals. It sounds much like We All Belong, but this time out there are also some really nice string and horn arrangements and a bit more utilization of studio production. But a nice studio can be a double-edged sword. The songs sound great, but at times it seems that the detail and adornment are more important than the songs most noticeably on the opener, which is nearly swallowed by backing vocals. The sound effects that link the songs and clumsy tape edits seem a tad forced as if to replace some of the genuine weirdness on some of Easy Beat, and some of the titles and lyrical themes seem recycled from We All Belong. That being said, Fate is still a thoroughly enjoyable album from a fine band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Park The Van Records
  • UPC: 788377110323
  • Catalog Number: 25
  • Sales rank: 9,579

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Breeze (3:59)
  2. 2 Hang On (4:01)
  3. 3 The Old Days (3:41)
  4. 4 Army of Ancients (4:05)
  5. 5 The Rabbit, The Bat, And the Reindeer (3:29)
  6. 6 The Ark (3:37)
  7. 7 From (4:39)
  8. 8 100 Years (4:06)
  9. 9 Uncovering the Old (3:21)
  10. 10 The Beach (3:41)
  11. 11 My Friend (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dr. Dog Primary Artist
Megan Smith Oboe
Steve Duffy Trombone
Janka Perniss Violin
Victoria Baltimore Cello
Tommy Bindle Percussion
Heather Fortune Flute
Eliza Jones Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Ken Ellis Paintings
Dr. Dog Composer
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great release!

    This is the first time I'd ever heard Dr. Dog, and I was hooked right away. They seem to almost be a throwback, a modern classic rock band. Several vibes seem to run through the album - sometimes I think I hear bits of Tom Petty in the vocals, or Paul McCartney in the melody. It's hard to pin down. All I know is that it's good and I'm going to be checking out their backlist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding Roots Rock Songwriting

    This band gets rockin without getting noisy, and gets folksy without being boring. Sometimes I'm reminded of Dylan lyrics, and other times I'm reminded of Pink Floyd guitar riffs. Not a filler song on the CD.

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