Fate Now five albums in as the kings of fuzzy beard-rock revivalism, Philly quintet Dr. Dog has expertly honed its loving tribute to the past perfect.… Fate Now five albums in as the kings of fuzzy beard-rock revivalism, Philly quintet Dr. Dog has expertly honed its loving tribute to the past perfect.… 2008-07-22 Dr. Dog Indie Rock
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Fate (2008)

Dr. Dog | DR. DOG HAS ITS DAY Fifth album Fate is a step forward for the Philly band with the unapologetically backward-glancing aesthetic
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DR. DOG HAS ITS DAY Fifth album Fate is a step forward for the Philly band with the unapologetically backward-glancing aesthetic
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 22, 2008; Lead Performance: Dr. Dog; Genre: Indie Rock

Now five albums in as the kings of fuzzy beard-rock revivalism, Philly quintet Dr. Dog has expertly honed its loving tribute to the past perfect. Take your pick from the retro FM canon — the Beatles, the Band, the Zombies — and find it faithfully transmuted in the album's melodic guitar jangle and fluty, floaty vocals (showcased most excellently on ''The Breeze,'' ''Army of Ancients,'' and ''Hang On''). Strict modernists may chafe at the band's unapologetically backward-glancing aesthetic, but the rest should happily succumb to the shaggy charm of Fate's easy-like-Sunday-morning ramblings. A-
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ''Army of Ancients'' at Dr. Dog's MySpace page

Originally posted Jul 18, 2008 Published in issue #1003 Jul 25, 2008 Order article reprints
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