Dr. Dog, 'We All Belong' (Park the Van)

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We All Belong
Critical Mass
Label: Park the Van

by Brian Raftery

A true DIY sleeper, Dr. Dog's 2005 debut was the sort of seemingly innocuous indie album that becomes more knotty and habit-forming with each listen. We All Belong is more immediate, and even better: The group's unabashed '70s revivalism remains unchanged -- their hometown is Philadelphia, but their heart's in Chicago V -- and while singer/songwriters Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken regularly traffic in jaunty piano shuffles ("My Old Ways") and cooing background vocals ("Don't Pretend"), there's an underlying sense of anxiety. We All Belong is a perfect example of stoner pop -- always warm and fuzzy, yet shaky with paranoia.

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