Leigh MichaelWednesday,2 October 2013

The Snap:

Philly-based band Dr. Dog released B-Room on 1 October. This is the group’s seventh full-length album, and you can expect their signature bluesy sound to punctuate the record’s 15 tracks.

B-Room is available via iTunes. Dr. Dog is also taking the Midwest and South by storm this month, so hop over to their tour schedule if you’re in the area.

The Download:

Dr. Dog feels a lot like that childhood friend — you all know the kind I’m talking about. You may not have a ton in common anymore, but they are such a big part of your past that it’s a given they’ll feature as prominently in your future. They are reliable, unsurprising, and steady. Dr. Dog has stuck with this formula since Day One. They are a “safe” band, and don’t take risks.

But luckily, they sound great sans risk. Since whipping out their first album over ten years ago, they’re provided us with lots of awesome tracks. And sure, “The Breeze” isn’t all that different from “Shadow People,” and maybe “Hang On” and “How Long Must I Wait” feel pretty parallel… But they’re all awesome songs. So, at the end of the day, does it really matter that Dr. Dog sticks with a music formula?

I don’t think so, but I have a feeling that some people would disagree (do you, guys?). B-Room gave us much of the same stuff we’ve heard on their previous 6 albums, and it’s just as good as ever. “The Truth,” which you can watch below, has an awesome bluesy beat matched by thoughtful lyrics. “Broken Heart” has their chipper beat and kick-ass vocals, and “Distant Light” has momentum that will drive you through to the end of the album.

B-Room is a great album. It’s been getting a smattering of lackluster reviews that Dr. Dog can’t “break out of their decade-plus mold.” To that, I say a loquacious and profound “Whatever.” This band rocks — and they keep on rocking with B-Room.

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Hat Tips:

Dr. Dog, Pitchfork, iTunes, Image Credit: Flickr

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