Philly's own Dr. Dog may have a new home for their six studio album, but their unmistakable brand of psychedelic, retro-rock remains familiar. Shame, Shame is the name of the new release and a record of many firsts for Dr. Dog. It's the group's first release for Anti- Records, and first album recorded with producer Rob Schnapf, yet all the while Shame, Shame remains a confident leap forward that leaves Dr. Dog poised for bigger things.
finds Dr. Dog a bit more reflective and emotional in the stories they tell. It seems as though the rigors of touring and time away from home has seeped into their songs. An attractive quality and strength of this band has always been their cheery multi-part harmonies amidst playful musical landscapes. Cleverly on Shame, Shame
Dr. Dog mask their emotions behind these colorful backdrops, most notably on songs like "Mirror, Mirror" and "Unbearable Why."
Over the years, Dr. Dog has been applauded louder for their energetic live shows than for their work on record. Shame, Shame
may very well change that philosophy. For the first time, the band has come pretty close to harnessing their lively performances on stage in the studio. And perhaps no better example than on the carnival of sound that is the song "Later."
Despite a new label, a new producer and growing expectations, Dr. Dog refuses to abandon what made so many fans fall in love with their music over the past decade. The songs of Shame, Shame
are unquestionably more accessible, but without compromise – not an easy task. Philly's fab-five have no doubt hit a high mark on Shame, Shame