Dr. Dog, 'Shame, Shame' (Anti-)

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Shame, Shame
Critical Mass
Label: Anti-

by Kenny Herzog

Grooming their jam-band shagginess and spotlighting their songwriting chops, Philadelphia indie poppers Dr. Dog produce a clean, big-sounding album that uncannily evokes Summerteeth-era Wilco and Soft Bulletin–era Flaming Lips. And on standouts "Later" and the Jim James–aided title track, the band turn these well-worn phrases into their own distinctive mix of exuberance and melan-cholia. It's unfortunate that the lyrics of co-vocalists Scott McMicken and Toby Leamen are still so shyly generic, but it would require an excessively grumpy contrarian streak to overlook Shame's easy charms.

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