Be the Void - Dr. Dog
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Despite the uncommon thread of the vocalists' raspy deliveries on each track, Be The Void never really settles into any sort of discernible pattern.
  2. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    An album that feels looser without ever feeling lazy.
  3. 80
    The heartfelt, piano-based "Do The Trick" is among guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken's most accomplished songs--which can be said for nearly every boot-stomping moment here. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  4. 60
    For the most part, it works. But "Warrior Man," a jumbled idea that could've been a great song, is the sort of cautionary tale that keeps this album from matching Shame, Shame's standards.
  5. Be The Void matches guitarist Scott McMicken's clever lyrics, precise riffs, and quivery vocals to the rare glottal gift and intricate bass work of Toby Leaman in this jumble of freaky throwbacks, reflective ruminations, and spontaneous psychedelic bursts.
  6. Mar 23, 2012
    70
    There's not an obvious departure from their last few releases, but there doesn't need to be as the band has settled comfortably into their sound.
  7. Mar 5, 2012
    70
    When they're good, they are glorious and their enthusiasm is infectious, this band thrive when live but perhaps there's a little too much padding filling the, er, void.
  8. 80
    It's their tightest and simultaneously most experimental release.
  9. Feb 10, 2012
    60
    There's enough here to keep fans happy and even win a few more over in the process, but it's another mixed bag from a band that are easier to like than love.
  10. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    Dr. Dog's best effort yet.
  11. Feb 6, 2012
    75
    [Dr. Dog is a] more than capable rock band that puts out reliable, if slightly underwhelming records, and Be The Void doesn't make too strong an argument for the contrary.
  12. Feb 9, 2012
    57
    Too often, Be the Void finds Dr. Dog unleashed, letting their wilder ideas get the better of them.
  13. Feb 14, 2012
    70
    With Be the Void, it has become clear that, while they'll probably never make their masterpiece, the strange way they operate is essential to the business of being Dr. Dog.
  14. Feb 23, 2012
    65
    Dudes may not be your mom's secret recipe for home-made pancakes, but the music is consistent, healthy, and in the right mood, quite delicious.
  15. Feb 9, 2012
    60
    All of the material here is passable, with a few highlights that will surely leave a positive impression on listeners.
  16. Feb 7, 2012
    91
    That Dr. Dog has written some supremely catchy tunes isn't too surprising, but few would expect its (or any band's) fifth record to be every bit as exciting as its first.
  17. 75
    Be the Void might be the band's least accessible offering yet, but it's certainly their bravest--and given some breathing room, it might just prove their most rewarding.
  18. Apr 6, 2012
    60
    Too often, though, these chant-a-long anthems are too damn chirpy for their own good. [May 2012, p.71]
  19. Feb 3, 2012
    70
    The glossy production [is] a far cry from early lo-fi recordings. It suits them. [#39, p.67]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 30, 2013
    10
    Classic album. All the charm of early Dr. Dog records is back on Be the Void. If you haven't bought it yet highly recommend the deluxeClassic album. All the charm of early Dr. Dog records is back on Be the Void. If you haven't bought it yet highly recommend the deluxe version. Can't go wrong Full Review »
  2. Nov 5, 2012
    8
    The songs and musicianship seem a bit more lively on Be the Void, the seventh LP by good-time rock 'n' roll band Dr. Dog. This seems to beThe songs and musicianship seem a bit more lively on Be the Void, the seventh LP by good-time rock 'n' roll band Dr. Dog. This seems to be somewhat of an underrated release, but time will fill the void for this Philadelphia-based band. Full Review »
  3. Apr 26, 2012
    5
    "Be The Void" - the seventh album of psychedelic, indie rock group Dr. Dog supposed to be a CD which reminiscent the live shows - energetic,"Be The Void" - the seventh album of psychedelic, indie rock group Dr. Dog supposed to be a CD which reminiscent the live shows - energetic, loud and chaotic. And indeed the whole release can give such an impression - but only partially - because we do not find in it nothing distinctive enough that stays in the memory for long. Noteworthy is song "Lonesome". Full Review »