Be the Void - Dr. Dog
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  • Summary: Dr. Dog officially adds Dimitri Manos to the band for its live tracked seventh album coproduced with Nathan Sabatino.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 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.
  2. 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]
  3. 80
    It's their tightest and simultaneously most experimental release.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Feb 9, 2012
    57
    Too often, Be the Void finds Dr. Dog unleashed, letting their wilder ideas get the better of them.

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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 Collapse
  2. Feb 9, 2012
    9
    The songs are a lot more varied than the band's last album. This change lets Dr. Dog show off its skills to its ever-growing audience. GoodThe songs are a lot more varied than the band's last album. This change lets Dr. Dog show off its skills to its ever-growing audience. Good stuff. Hope the band continues to grow, and that the world beyond Philly can experience its greatness. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. 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". Expand