Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dr. Dog: Be the Void

"Dr. Dog albums — and Be the Void, their second Anti- release, is no different — are long, weird conversations between guitarist Scott McMicken and bassist Toby Leaman, who alternate vocal duties track-by-track and add intricate overdubbed harmonies when not singing lead. Few musical partnerships have worked so well for so long, and it’s pointless to say whose contribution is superior; this time around, Leaman’s in overdrive on 'Lonesome,' 'Vampire' and 'Warrior Man,' and McMicken comes across almost gentleman-like, laying on 'How Long Must I Wait' and 'Heavy Light' and somewhat baring teeth on the single, 'That Old Black Hole.' Be the Void, which was recorded live with new members Eric Slick and Dmitri Manos, sounds like it was done in a basement on an old, good-sounding eight-track reel-to-reel" (Michael Hamad, "CD of the Week," New Haven Advocate, 2/2/12).

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