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Dr. Dog Fate

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Dr. Dog Fate on 180g LP

Dr. Dog's 2008 album Fate is a timeless yet contemporary distillation of the band's open-armed, big-hearted sound taken to new heights of craft and creativity. Inventive, magnificently realized, and absolutely irresistible, the Park The Van Records release sees the Philadelphia-based quintet filtering the gamut of American popular music into its own idiosyncratic brand of blue-eyed, dilated-pupil soul. 

Songs like "Hang On" and "Uncovering the Old" delve deep into the mysteries of life and love, offering bittersweet and buoyant reflections into the very nature of our human condition. As ever, Dr. Dog makes magic from an enduring pop palette of intricate harmonies, shape-shifting melodies, and ramshackle audio ingenuity - all presented through the band's slightly skewed and utterly individualistic outlook.

As the title makes plain, Fate was fueled by la forza del destino. Dr. Dog allowed the winds of fortune to carry them towards making an album they came to see as a uniquely conceptual work. Songs such as "The Old Days" and the album-opening "The Breeze" touch on big picture truths like the inexorable passage of time, of taking inventory of one's current state through the prism of the past. The songs express wistful regret and thoughtful introspection, both in terms of subject matter as well as their classicist musical content.

The confluence of matter and method, of songs grappling with the powers of destiny being driven by outside forces beyond the band's purview, proved invigorating, offering Dr. Dog both freedom and structure. To further relay the interwoven thematic content, Dr. Dog bonded Fate with the sound of one of the album's most frequent lyrical symbols, the train. A romantic, distinctly American metaphor, the railroad ties the songs together, spanning the many parallels in the process in which Dr. Dog were immersed. 

Dr. Dog Fate Track Listing:

1.  The Breeze 
2.  Hang On 
3.  The Old Days 
4.  Army of Ancients 
5.  The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer 
6.  The Ark 
7.  From 
8.  100 Years 
9.  Uncovering the Old 
10. The Beach 
11. My Friend
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1. The Breeze
2. Hang On
3. The Old Days
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5. The Rabbit, The Bat, and The Reindeer
6. The Ark
7. From
8. 100 Years
9. Uncovering the Old
10. The Beach
11. My Friend

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