We All Belong


Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. 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.
  2. We All Belong is phenomenally consistent.
  3. While the album revels in retro cross-pollination, and the title track's dream that "It won't be long before we all belong to love," echoes Lennon's counterpoint of responsibility throughout, Dr. Dog's zealous frivolity is infectious but ultimately fleeting.
  4. Everything comes together in a melting pot of rock and pop that is both delightful and intriguing. It has melodies, smart and quirky lyrics, and the band features some unique musicianship that is executed well.
  5. Like pals My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog blend ''classic rock'' elements into woozy, idiosyncratic songs all their own.
  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. Dr. Dog simply doesn’t offer us anything new, or anything else worth listening to.
  8. Ultimately, We All Belong hints at the band's innocuousness. Nothing here offends, but there's nothing anywhere near compelling, either.
  9. Even when a sense of agitation seeps in, as on 'Die, Die, Die,' We All Belong sounds truly inviting. Dig it.
  10. 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.
  11. Spend any time with We All Belong's winning songs about wonderment, disappointment, and packing up and moving on and you'll find a lot of work.
  12. 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.
  13. They're totally authentic about being inauthentic. Like Guitar Bob, that makes them easy to love.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. A.J.S.
    Mar 11, 2009
    An almost perfect album that over time has become perfect.
  2. CindyS.
    Dec 28, 2007
    This is one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.
  3. CraigS.
    Dec 21, 2007
    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.