Album Review: Dog is Dead – All Our Favourite Stories

By on Monday, 8th October 2012 at 12:00 pm
 

When you’re one of the top breed of ‘new summer bands’, playing the kind of sound perfect in June but not so much in December, It can prove complicated to release your album in the autumn. So when Dog is Dead announced that their debut record would be released in October, a few heads turned. And rightly so. With baited and slightly colder breath than anticipated, what does ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ have to offer?

For starters, it’s got ‘Get Low’. It’s got more funk in its saxophone and bass lines than you can shake your jazzy stick at and its build welcomes listeners into ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ in fine style. From here on in, it’s ambitious indie-pop from the Nottingham group as almost every track from the record stands on its own feet as a single. And half of them already have been exactly that: ‘Glockenspiel Song’, ‘Talk Through the Night’ and ‘Two Devils’ stand out instantly. The highlight of the record, however, is nestled neatly in at track three. ‘Teenage Daughter’ builds with the characteristics of an indie ballad and then breaks out into something that sounds like it’s taken influence from the biggest of Bowie tracks with added chorus harmonies and the closing vocal lines not too dissimilar to Los Campesinos! You start to wonder if Dog is Dead could be the real deal.

Sadly, whilst ‘All Our Favourite Stories’ will have festivals nationwide practically spawning grass in the cold to try accommodate the five-piece on their land, the summer is over and with it goes the kind of atmosphere that makes Dog is Dead’s dangerously overly shiny, heavy reverb and massive sounding re-recorded versions of 2010 and 2011 yearbook tracks a big deal. While listening to the likes of ‘Do The Right Thing’ and ‘Hands Down’ isn’t a tedious task, it’s made to seem more interesting when you’re dancing to them and singing out of tune; away from that, it just sounds average. That’s the problem with this album. So many times it borders on greatness but only a few times (‘Teenage Daughter’, ‘Two Devils’ and ‘Glockenspiel Song’) does it actually achieve it. Let’s not even talk about those last three tracks. So close, yet so far.

6.5/10

‘All Our Favourite Stories’, the debut album from Nottingham band Dog is Dead, is out now on Atlantic.

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