Monday, September 29, 2008

I like them, but not like-like... like, like a friend: part III.

(photo courtesy of "Animals through a Wide-Angle Lens"... I knew this would bring the readers back!)

Number 3: Dr. Dog Fate

So, I decided on Friday to write about three albums that I was kind of on the fence about, and as you may have guessed this is the third. Although, thinking about it now, I've listened to this album a lot - 7 times according to the new (and horribly designed) iTunes v 8.0, and at least a couple of times on my iPod - for something that I'm on the fence about.

The album, which was recommended by a school friend, has steadily been growing on me with its Sgt. Peppers Beatles kind of jangly pop. But, I guess the catch is, I'm not sure why I keep listening to it. I mean, after at least 7 listens, I can't say that I really love any of the songs; and, I think the ultimate test, to me, is that I'm pretty sure I wouldn't put any of the songs on a MixCD to go in the car.

Maybe its because I grew up listening to the Beatles on car trips with my parents, since they were the band that everyone could agree on, and, I think it goes without saying, they aren't the Beatles. There was (like I would know since I was there) something about the sixties where all those acid-tripping kind of 'Wonderland' lyrics made sense, and now that we live in the age of the internet - and not the world where people float around in Yellow Submarines - these kind of lyrics don't really fly. I think the best example is the chorus on "From" where they repeatedly use the word "Choo-Choo Train"... unless you're really stoned, AND its the sixties saying "Choo-Choo Train" isn't really acceptable unless you're six (AND you're stoned).

Here you might say: "Rob, its unfair to compare them to the Beatles... there will never be another band like the Beatles..." to which I'll reply: "You couldn't be more right, there will NEVER be another pop band as good as the Beatles. So, if you're a band, why would you make an album that sounds SO much like a Beatles album?". I mean, if I were, say, a writer, I wouldn't go out and try and writer an epic novel about a guy chasing after a whale... would I?

A little harsh? Yes.
Yet, I still keep listening to the album.

[mp3] Dr. Dog - The Old Days


Kurtis said...

Great article Rob.

I'd listen to this "band" but they happen to play guitars...and drums....and such

The R.O.B. said...

I'll talk to some people, maybe they can Dr. Dre to produce their next album...