Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Album Review: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks newest album Sparkle Hard.
It is a pretty solid slice of indie rock with jam parts, adult ideas and catchy tunes. While RtBE always enjoys Malkmus work, with both the Jicks and Pavement, falls into the category of, "Oh this is cool...and easily forgotten". The tunes are all good, just not particularly memorable to these ears.

That said, support the artists, buy the album, read the review, catch them on tour and peep some video below:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dylan Cover #326 Neil Young & Tom Petty "Everything Is Broken" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Neil Young & Tom Petty playing "Everything Is Broken" 

Thoughts on Original
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
If Bob wasn't the Bard "Everything Is Broken" would just be another tossed off song. However, is anything with Dylan just simply tossed off? Well..yeah...this song certainly feels tossed off to me...sorry. Oh Mercy is a hell of an album, one of Dylan's classics, and this song is fine, it just can't even stand close to any of his all-time gems, not remotely close. One of the reasons I started this cover series was to show how amazing The Bard's songs are in just about anyone's hands, but if the original of this tune was written by Joe Schmo would people think it was great, or is it just the Dylan name that gives it clout?  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Uncle Neil and Cousin Tom, two all time classic artists They have been written about on RtBE multiple times and hold them both in very high regard, especially live...
Thoughts on Cover:
A fun ramshackle live rendition from the Bridge School Benefit in 1989. What is cool is that this is the same year that the tune was released on Oh Mercy. RtBE loves current Dylan covers, as in covering his newest tunes close to their release. Not much to this one, far from an all-time classic take, just getting after it with piano, acoustic guitar and some nice conga drum work. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Full Show Friday: Lionel Richie The Outrageous Tour 1987 Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Lionel Richie!

We were at Jazzfest the same day as Lionel Richie this year, but we decided to head back to the quarter before he took the stage. To make up for that we are highlighting him today in our Full Show Friday Series from his 1987 tour.

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Full Setlist below. Enjoy:

01. Hello 02. All Night Long 03. Running With The Night 04. Truly 05. You Are 06. Three Times A Lady (deleted due to copyright issue) 07. Sail On 08. Say You Say Me 09. Se La 10. Penny Lover 11. Tonight Will Be Alright 12. Dancing On The Ceiling

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Phish Fall Tour Announced: Halloween In Vegas 2018

More tour dates, as Phish has announced their Fall Tour for 2018 and the ticket request period has begun. The tour starts in a familiar spot, Albany, NY.
RtBE has caught some of our favorite shows from Phish @ The Knick (when it was still officially called the Knickerbocker Arena) downtown in Albany and may head up there for this opener. Then the band hits the legendary Hampton Coliseum where we have also been lucky enough to have caught Phish for some fun shows. The true highlight however is the closing dates of Las Vegas where Phish will celebrate Halloween.
The group has made Halloween a musical holiday in the jam community and elevated the expectations for a lot of bands on that spooky night.  Full tour dates are below an to get in the mood here are a few videos from Phish playing Albany back in the day and from the last time Phish celebrated Halloweens in Vegas 2014:

October 16: Albany, NY – Times Union Center
October 17: Albany, NY – Times Union Center
October 19: Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
October 20: Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
October 21: Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
October 23: Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
October 24: Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
October 26: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
October 27: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
October 28: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
October 31: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 1: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 2: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 3: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

Dr. Dog Touring with (Sandy) Alex G Next Month

Dr. Dog have a new record out Critical Equation (which RtBE recently reviewed) and are touring this June with (Sandy) Alex G which should be a stellar night of indie pop rock when/wherever they play. We dug (Sandy) Alex G's last release and always enjoy Dr. Dog live.

The tour pulls into Brooklyn Steel for three nights and RtBE will be there to get down. In prep for those nights here are a few videos to get in the mood:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Album Review: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Years

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
*** out of *****

On Sarah Shook & The Disarmers second album Years the honky-tonk players sound as if they have been around forever and are tired of all the shit. Shook and company trudge the well worn barroom paths from stool to stage with steel guitars and a steel spine as they recant failed loves and drunken adventures.

The outfit crisscross familiar tropes, and while they proclaim a punk streak and influence, Years is straight up outlaw country with perhaps a wee bit more edge. "Good As Gold" is a confident opener about a guy who is too good for his girl, as she is about to run out and the well written number is sung from her POV before the go-to problem solver/starter alcohol enters center stage for "The Bottle Never Lets Me Down"; ahh that old safety blanket of booze feels comfortable. 

There is a sense of tiredness on the album as if Shook is hungover and giving up, both "New Ways To Fail" and "Over You" face this directly, saying that things are just beat and beat down. Both tracks fit in the country vein but vocally/lyrically Shook adds a palpable sense of "fuck it" with her performances but also retreats into lyrical cliches ("need this like a hole in my head"). Shook's singing is disaffected and while not for everyone, it works best with these feed up numbers. 

A unique effort is the more emotionally delivered, "Parting Words" which works in both classical and pop country realms. The marching drums skip with ease as guitars work in and out but it is the more soaring singing style of Shook on this number which gives it wings. The title track also mixes up the script a bit with a warbling ending that breaks away from the sawdust floors into more modern vein, interestingly giving a peak at a possible wider scope for the band.

It is the Merle Haggard style that is the constant present through out however as "What It Takes" picks up the pace, "Lesson" swaggers with excellent electric guitar work and the follies of a fun night and it's home-life consequences lightens the mood for "Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't". Bloodshot Records puts out rock solid Americana/country records that capture the independent spirit,  Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Years continue their winning streak over weeping strings, whiskey drowned lyrics and a sense of finding ones self among the wreckage.   
Support the band, buy the album, peep some video below:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Album Review: Arctic Monkeys- Tranquility Base: Hotel + Casino

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the Arctic Monkeys newest record Tranquility Base: Hotel + Casino.
We love the Monkeys. We have seen them every tour they have played NYC since they broke out way back in 2006 with the fantastic Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Partied after shows with them, enjoyed their oddball albums and their last release, 2013's AM is one of our favorite records of the decade. Their most recent release is an odd album in the vein of art project, clearly inspired by the chameleon David Bowie

It completely drops all of the rock and roll from the group and the difference between the Monkeys and Bowie is quite clearly the times. Between The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Station to Station only 4 years elapsed but he released 7 albums total in that time!!  

7 albums in 4 years! Bowie reinvented himself multiple times and fans could sift through Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane and Young Americans, all vastly different as Bowie experimented with sound and style. The Monkeys put out 2 albums in 5 years. When expectations ran high after AM this experiment is kind of cool, but not really satisfying. 

I am curious, I feel it is probably 7 stars worthy, but I also personally really like Alex Turner and would give him the benefit of the doubt. Glide's editors went 6 which is fine by me. I have a feeling at the end of 2018 I will have either really come around on this album or place it in the let down's category. We shall see often it gets played.   

Support the band, buy the album, read the review and peep some video below:

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dylan Cover #325 Chris Thile "Subterranean Homesick Blues" Live 4/7/2018

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Chris Thile singing "Subterranean Homesick Blues

Thoughts on Original:
One of the most iconic songs from Dylan's most famous period and a very early showing of how powerful a music video could be. Dylan nods to beat poetry, current events, Chuck Berry's "No More Monkey Business", paranoia, and the Vietnam War all in around two minutes of linked lyrics over one of his earliest electric recordings. There is also the sly sense of humor which Dylan never gets enough credit for, while raging against the proverbial machine. A classic '60's tune in all respects and one non-Dylan fans usually love as well. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Chris Thile is a mandolin player who RtBE first heard about through his work with Nickel Creek. While we have never fully followed him (our any bluegrass maestros really) we have enjoyed everything of his we have happened to hear.

Thoughts on Cover:
Well if you thought Dylan went fast, look out for Thile in this live version from 4/718 on Live From Here. Augmented here by drummer Ted Poor, he flies across his mandolin and spits out the lyrics with accuracy and speed. Taking time for a few musical breaks Thile does the neat trick of putting his own stamp on the track without losing the originals flavor and appeal. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Full Show Friday: St. Vincent Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2014

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...St. Vincent!

This show is from St. Vincent's 2014 Pitchfork Fest. We have reviewed a few of her albums on the site. While she is an intriguing artist RtBE always seems to want to like her work more than we actually do...The show is Pro-Shot, Pro Sound, Full Set List is below....


0:00 Start 0:15 Rattlesnake 4:37 Digital Witness 8:16 Cruel 11:55 Monologue 13:56 Marrrow 18:12 Actor Out of Work 21:10 Cheerleader 25:06 Birth in Reverse 29:00 Huey Newton 34:30 Bring Me Your Loves 41:35 Your Lips Are Red

RIP Scott Hutchinson

Sad news this morning as Frightened Rabbit singer/songwriter/leader Scott Hutchinson was found dead, he was 36.

This is a depressing one. A message from the band.

When RtBE does a RIP post it has always been of a legend who has lived a long and fruitful life. Now with Scott's passing we mourn for someone who we have written about often and have loved musically. We rated their album Pedestrian Verse our favorite of album of 2013 over some stiff competition. If we had been operating in 2008 The Midnight Organ Fight would have probably topped that year as well. The tenth anniversary vinyl of that amazing record just arrived at RtBE headquarters a few months ago.

We never met Hutchinson but saw him live and vividly felt the emotions he conveyed in his personal yet universal lyrics. It was obvious he was pained as an artist, but he was a good one and he will be missed. Our hearts go out to his friends and family. Thankfully we will always have his music to return to, so the best way to celebrate someone when they die is reminisce about their life and the good times...

Raise a pint, enjoy every sandwich and listen to RtBE's favorite Frightened Rabbit songs:

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Hold Steady to Tour During a Constructive Summer

The Hold Steady will be playing a few shows this summer as the group hits up Philly, San Fran and performs an elongated stay in one of their favorite venues The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.

The group loves touring around weekends now and will be doing so this summer. RtBE hopes to hit up a show or two, (just as we did in the fall). You should as well as tHS are a blast live, tickets go on-sale tomorrow.

To get in the mood here are a few tunes and the complete tour dates:



25 – White Eagle Hall – Jersey City, NJ.

26 & 27 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA.

28 – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ.


2 & 3 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA.

4 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA.


12, 13, 14 & 15 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, CA

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Album Review: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Willie Nelson's newest release Last Man Standing.

Old men love calling heir albums Last Man Standing huh? We liked Willie's last release God's Problem Child better, even ranking it in our Top Ten last year, but this is still a solid record. With Willie's voice it is hard to make a bad one really.

If this is truly his last stand, it is a good one. Nelson is an American Icon having written some of the best country songs of all time and sung more than anyone can count.

Support the Last Man Standing, buy the album, read the review and peep some video below:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Album Review: Kississippi - Sunset Blush

Sunset Blush
**** out of *****

Not only is Kississippi one of the best band names out there, the indie-pop project of ZoĆ« Allaire Reynolds has crafted an extremely affecting album with her first full length release Sunset Blush. These brokenhearted tracks are colored by a melancholy as they shimmer, rolling bye while reflecting on past loves and experiences.

"Cut Yr Teeth" is a good example of this wounded pop song writing. While the track has a pleasant initial appeal, the level of hurt in the vocal is palpable as Reynolds proclaims "You weren't sorry at all" digging deep and causes the listener to side with the singer every time. The track also benefits from solid drums and guitar work from Fern Mayo's Kate Capri. Even on "Red Light" which has a more upbeat vibe, as lyrics proclaim happiness, the yearning close twists things back to weepy. 

The bass and dance laden keyboards get an injection on "Easier To Love" which wants us to immediately "pretend this didn't happen" while it won't fill dance floors, it might salve breakup wounds in forlorn bedrooms. Sunset Blush as a whole is a neat trick, a pop breakup record that manages to sound musically appealing and sad at the same time, emo-pop? Why not?

All of the songs here fit into this formula, "Mirror Kisser" is perfectly titled yet again, playing with dramatic swells, "Adrift" gets a digital groove working on overtime as it runs a bit long, "Rinse, Repeat" pushes up the tempo with snake like guitar work and closer "Lash To Lash" puts its stomping stamp on the record. "Shamer" is one of the album highlights containing hypnotic musical passages, heartfelt lyrics and an overall melodious tone. 

The production work from Reynolds and Kyle Pulley (with assists from Shane Woods, Alyssa Milman, Drea Chunko) is top notch as every instrument rings true and vocally there are times Zoe wants to be slightly in the background to make the listener move a little closer to the speaker. 

While the experiences which lead to the emotions and the lyrics must have been tough to go through, Kississippi has come out on the other side with an excellent work of art to live and learn from. A complete and riveting debut record, Sunset Blush spins well crafted songs out of tough emotional times.  
Support the artist, buy the album on bandcamp, you can also stream it below, and peep some video:

Monday, May 7, 2018

Dylan Cover #324 Danny McEvoy "I Want You" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Danny McEvoy singing "I Want You" 

Thoughts on Original:
(From the first time we tackled a cover of this song)
A song that fits the Gemini Dylan like a glove; direct lyrical yearning chorus with verses that meander about introducing characters like roadblocks in the way of true love. It was the last tune written for the mega Blonde on Blonde and a song he and others (it was Al Kooper's favorite) admired so much he almost titled the album after it. Never a track that jumps to the top of peoples "favorites" or "best of" Dylan lists but one that really nails what the artist is all about in some of the simplest terms.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
From the first time we covered a cover of the cover artist (this is getting confusing!) Danny McEvoy is a singer songwriter from Liverpool England. Check out his youtube and Facebook pages.

Thoughts on Cover:
A really shiny upbeat cover of a gorgeous song. Danny even gives a little class at the end for inspiring guitar players to play this jam. A great easy way to get the brain working this Monday as we recover from NOLA Jazzfest.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Angels & Vagabonds Acoustic EP Anyways... Turns Three Today

We are proud that Angels & Vagabonds acoustic EP titled Anyways... Turns three years old today.
The album is important to us because, well, we are in the band and it is exciting to go from critic/reviewer of music to creator of tunes.Special thanks also go to our friends who helped out and while it has been a few years since a release, we are not done yet as we hope to record at least one more EP in the future.

You can stream the album below and you can also go here and download the album for free (or any donation you would like). The album is also available on Spotify, Itunes AMI Jukeboxes and elsewhere. Thanks for listening and reading.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Full Show Friday: Anita Baker - One Night of Rapture

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Anita Baker!

Every April we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Anita Baker who will be playing tomorrow on the Main Stage, Saturday May 5th.
So we get one extra as the fest is now into it's second weekend and we need to focus on another artist playing this weekend. It is Anita Baker who was the first artist announced for this years festival. Well that's not true, she let slip she was playing the fest on her farewell tour, before any other artists were announced.

Since she will be playing tomorrow and it is the one day RtBE will not be a the fest this weekend, today's show captured from her 86-87 tour will have to do. Pro Shot, Pro Sound.  Enjoy:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

The Second Weekend of Jazzfest Starts Today!

The best festival in America kicks off it's second weekend today and hopefully you are attending. If you can not get to the Big Easy for The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalWWOZ has the answer.

You can stream the festival through their website or you can download the app. This is one of the best radio channels in the country, so you should pop in and stream them regularly, but this weekend is a must if you can't be at the fairgrounds.

To prepare for the weekend, here are a few videos of some non-headlining artists who will be performing tomorrow:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Album Review: The Honeybrains - Gettin' Tender EP

The Honeybrains
Gettin' Tender EP
*** out of *****

(Jazzfest's second weekend starts tomorrow, and while RtBE feels it is the best festival in the country, New Orleans is more than tuba's and second lines. As the fest arrives we wanted to take some time to review smaller various bandcamp finds from the city, as the town just pulsates music culture and art.)

For our focus on lesser known New Orleans artists and releases recently we touched on new wave, hip-hop, death metal and DJ's, but we saved our favorite for last. There is not much info to be gleamed about the New Orleans instrumental outfit The Honeybrains. No online presence outside of the Tender Rat Records bandcamp posting of their excellent EP, Gettin' Tender. Then again when the music is this engaging what else needs to be said?

The group works in murky surf rock waters, recalling the days of The Ventures, Dick Dale and Link Wray but they aren't paddling out into sunshine and big waves, rather the swampy bayous and overgrown canals of the deep south. That distinction comes through in some of the eerie under and over tones with the title track opener. Warbling guitar, ominous bass and cymbals that chatter like skeleton teeth, the music even matches the retro styled cover art.

The ripping "Tombstoned" picks up the punk energy as it comes full force moving with shaking solidness and while it might call to mind a famous city in Arizona, it is the follow up "Witch Breasts" that would be the perfect Sergio Leone spaghetti western soundtrack tune. Acoustic guitars strum while electric ones scratch out the theme as organs and rich bass wrap it all up. 

The group dives right into the late '50's malt shop weeper with the final tune, "Don't Dance With Me (When I'm Dead)". While the other songs all felt musically full with no real need for vocals/lyrics, this track seems ripe for some singing about a boy who crashed his hot rod or girl who won't look your way. The production on the album is a bit fuzzy and raw and this suites the sounds played, The Honeybrains are onto something good with Gettin' Tender. 

Support the band, buy the album on bandcamp and stream it below:

Album Review: The Great Void - Dystopian EP

The Great Void
Dystopian EP
**and1/2 out of *****

(Jazzfest's second weekend starts tomorrow, and while RtBE feels it is the best festival in the country, New Orleans is more than tuba's and second lines. As the fest arrives we wanted to take some time to review smaller various bandcamp finds from the city, as the town just pulsates music culture and art.)

The New Orleans death metal outfit The Great Void's first release, Dystopian is a churning ball of fury that mauls all in it's path.

The opening "Ice Man" uses double bass drums and layers of razor blade slashing guitars to mash its way forward. Lyrics are (like all bands in this genre) almost incomprehensible however vocally the group switches from full on throat growl to higher pitched screeches which improves the tonal texture of the tracks.

"Tools With No Discernible Purpose" is a showcase for the drumming as it propels into the unknown, alternating between blast beats and nuanced marches while the title track digs up the sludge and spreads it around . "Reversible Cowgirl" plays with tempo changes from chugging to furious pounding as closer "Rohypnol Romance" wraps things up by wallowing in its own ugliness.

The cleverly titled "Art Is In the Wallet of The Pretentious" is our favorite track as it kicks up the thrash metal vibe and grooves, even allowing for guitar squeals in the mix. It covers a lot of terrain in the song (same can be said for the EP as a whole) over just three and a half minutes; The Great Void thankfully don't go the common metal rout of pushing past six minutes on every track.

Not much can be found through light google searching on the band but the production and musicality are up to snuff for fans of the genre. Again, Dystopian will not be for everyone, but metal fans itches will be scratched to the point of bleeding while jumping into The Great Void.
Support the band, buy the album and stream it on bandcamp or below:

Album Review: DJ Mahdi Briggs - Nerd Bounce EP

DJ Mahdi Briggs
Nerd Bounce EP
*and/12 out of *****

(Jazzfest's second weekend starts tomorrow, and while RtBE feels it is the best festival in the country, New Orleans is more than tuba's and second lines. As the fest arrives we wanted to take some time to review smaller various bandcamp finds from the city, as the town just pulsates music culture and art.)

To quote the artist themselves: "Its a album of bounce". True, but that title is also important. Nerd Bounce finds more inspiration in it's video game console than it does in  booty shaking dance clubs. 

DJ Mahdi Briggs put together four short tracks of bounce music on his Nerd Bounce EP and uploaded it to bandcamp. While artists may very well take these and use them to rhyme over, the songs each are appealing on their own if you are in the mood for some bounce beats.

The dramatic "Spider Bounce" begins things as layers of digital beats fight for supremacy pushing higher and higher as the clapping bass rumbles underneath. The digital flute laden "Bounce Woods" feels anime injected around a brief chopping sample; the clear influence on all of these tracks is video game music, linking the short EP into a thematic cohesiveness. 

"Costa del Bounce" uses Latin flavored piano and digital keyboards with equal ease providing the most engaging effort here as the track has a warped Bossa nova feel while disk closer "Star Bounce" uses Mario Kart and other video games sounds to warp itself into a techno colored melange of sounds.

This lighthearted finale puts a fun stamp on the brief release from DJ Mahdi Briggs. It will be interesting to see if these beats transform elsewhere.     
Support the artist, buy the album and stream it on bandcamp and below:

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Album Review- Dr. Dog - Critical Equation

Dr. Dog
Critical Equation
***and 1/2 out of *****

The last three releases from the Philly retro indie rockers were fine when listened to, but were not memorable or on par with previous albums and in retrospect show a pattern developing. A live album for any band, especially one that is fun live but not transformative, acts as a stopgap and this was the case with Live at The Flamingo Hotel. Then The Psychedelic Swamp was a re-imagining of the first thing the players ever recorded, while Abandoned Mansion was an album they recorded, shelved, then released on their bandcamp with zero fanfare. The group were in a holding pattern...or worse.

Now comes Critical Equation and a press push that has the members saying it feels like a new band and that they broke out of their mold, saying "We needed to blow it up" and "Fuck Dr. Dog". This is all a ruse.

Perhaps behind the scenes things have changed, relationships no doubt have evolved and this is the first time the band has worked with an outside producer since Shame, Shame (for this record it was Gus Seyffert). In the end though Critical Equation is just another solid release from the group that fans will enjoy and critics will deride as more of the same Beatles/Beach Boys inspired trippy pop rock.

In fact on the opener "Listening In" Scott McMicken begins by singing about talking albums, a theme he has addressed in the past as the easy groove rolls out around flashes of keyboards and feedback drenched guitar snippets. The shaggy retro indie style is something this band has embraced from the beginning and a track like "Under The Wheels" feels straight out of a Neil Young late 70's playbook, with some prettier vocals as Dr. Dog sing about faith from wife to husband and a higher power. It sounds dated, but that is clearly the plan.

Things become more modern with "Go Out Fighting". It is a repetitive dance laden beat whose bass line bubbles as the track evolves from a fun pump up jam to a darker psych-rock excursion in the vein of The Black Angels. That line straddling cheerful pop and darkness lurking just under the surface floats through the dynamic "Heart Killer" as well, but it is their purest pop number that rings strongest as "True Love" finds Toby Leaman taking lead vocals and running with them as organs whirl, acoustic strings strum, and choruses soar via beautiful positive vibes. 

Leaman's breathy vocals guide "Buzzing In the Light" dreamily while the electro pulsing "Virginia Please" has layers of sound as well as the groups gorgeous harmonies. On the not so positive side of things, the title track becomes overly dramatic with it's swells and "Night" drags but the groups ten tracks and backward looking sound remains a pleasant listen even songs aren't top notch.   

No musical reinvention, just a collection of solid songs doing what this band always did best. If RtBE were ranking Dr. Dog's catalog (hmm there is a future article for sure) we would drop this somewhere in the middle, behind their best work (Fate, Shame, Shame, B-Side) but ahead of others (Be The Void, The Psychedelic Swamp, Abandoned Mansion).
Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below: