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  • Summary: Skip McDonald's latest album produced by Adrian Sherwood features appearances by Dub Syndicate and Roots Radics.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 27, 2012
    80
    There is not a single weak track on this album. It's an unusually moving and haunting document from one of the unsung heroes of American (and, oddly enough, Jamaican) roots music.
  2. Jan 25, 2012
    80
    The mood flickers between foreboding and playful; blues for modern times. [Jan 2012, p. 93]
  3. Jan 27, 2012
    60
    It's a set that sounds both effortless and adventurous, with McDonald's gutsy vocals and bluesy guitar work matched against drums, harmonica, keyboards, bass and impressively subtle, edgy dub effects that transform even well-known material.
  4. May 31, 2012
    60
    There is a certain sameness in evidence that makes the album more meditaional aid than rip-snorting prescription for maximum engagement. [Jan 2012, p.90]
  5. 60
    If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog is a textbook Little Axe album, stuffed with dub-blues grooves that manage to be simultaneously soothing yet unsettling.