We All Belong - Dr. Dog
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the Philadelphia band was recorded on a 24-track tape.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Like pals My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog blend ''classic rock'' elements into woozy, idiosyncratic songs all their own.
  2. We All Belong is phenomenally consistent.
  3. We All Belong is a little bit cleaner and dressed a little bit nicer than "Easy Beat," but the rustic appeal of the music still comes through loud and clear.
  4. While the most fitting genre to place Dr. Dog’s latest, We All Belong , in may be Indie-Pop, the 12 songs that make it up don’t sound a whole lot like The Shins or Death Cab for Cutie. We All Belong instead sounds like an album that was buried in Brian Wilson’s backyard for 40 or so years.
  5. Even when a sense of agitation seeps in, as on 'Die, Die, Die,' We All Belong sounds truly inviting. Dig it.
  6. Hold it by its edges and the experience of this album suffers––the rocky center is where we find personal truths writ well.
  7. Those vocal harmonies are used to good effect in the blue-eyed-soul tune 'Alaska.' But 'Die Die Die,' a slow and raggedy piece of psychedelia complete with funereal organ but thrown askew by out-of-place handclaps, is far too taken in by its own gloom.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
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  1. MarkG
    Dec 14, 2007
    10
    The Band meets the Beach Boys in Sonic Heaven.
  2. A.J.S.
    Mar 11, 2009
    10
    An almost perfect album that over time has become perfect.
  3. CraigS.
    Dec 21, 2007
    10
    If you're in a band and hold the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Zombies as your cornerstones, then this album (and band) is for you.
  4. CindyS.
    Dec 28, 2007
    10
    This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.
  5. IlyaR
    Dec 14, 2007
    8
    The joyous piano finale to "Old News", the album's first song, is a perfect microcosm of what's to come on the album. These aren't just uniquely catchy and happy songs, but there is a musical consistency that shows why this album is worthwhile from start to finish. Pay attention to when the bass and the piano are in sync - those are some of the best moments on the album. Anyway, these guys bring out the best of the hopeful, quirky and energetic interplays of 60s classic rock, and the dog's cameos, though more sporadic this time out, are still a delight. Expand