Dr. Dog – B-Room

by Woody on October 1, 2013


Last time I took a cross-country flight, I slipped myself a Xanax with a glass of wine and I was gone-goodbye. I had set myself up with a quality playlist comprised of some choice tracks from Dead bootlegs and entered into some sort of fugue state. A few hours later when I was awoken by the flight attendant, I was all but convinced I was venturing into the Garden to catch me a Dead Show – could practically smell the patchouli and marijuana. Took me a few minutes to get my bearings to realize I was landing at ORD instead.

You’re probably asking yourself, “Self, what does this have to do with the new Dr. Dog album?” Great question. My answer is – I wonder if the boys from Philly had a similar experience but substituted Motown for the Dead. B-Room has the chill vibe that harkens to a period from years ago with spot-on production making it an absolute brilliant listen. Scott McMicken’s bass rumbles along throughout the album and along with Eric Slick’s drumming lays the foundation for an album that never gets overly worked up or caught up in itself.

The recording of B-Room coincided with the band renovating an old mill outside of Philly being transformed into their new recording space. The band has commented in interviews that being around each for some time before recording allowed them to be more at ease with the process as there was no re-acclimating needed once they flipped on the record button.

B-Room contains all the trademarks of Dr. Dog albums. The opening tracks The Truth, Broken Heart and Minding The Usher set such a nice tone. The songs ease out of the speakers, dripping with harmonies and soul. The twangy Phenomenon and stripped down folk-ballad, Too Weak To Ramble are a nice interlude in the middle of the album. Rock & Roll and Love help close the album on high notes.

I’ve always said 2008’s Fate would be a tough act to top and it remains one of my favorite releases in the last 10 years or so. B-Room is the closest they have come in three albums since.

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