Album Review: Dr. Dog | Be the Void

by Eliza C. Thompson

With Dr. Dog’s latest collection of songs, Be the Void (out now on Anti-), there’s a renewed commitment to the party-jam sound that fans of this Philly-area band have loved for over a decade. According to guitarist/vocalist Scott McMicken, the group looked for inspiration in “music that got its roots in live expression rather than that studio-perfected sort of vibe.” A refreshing thought indeed. With the soulful vocals of McMicken and heartfelt harmonies provided by the rest of the six-member group, their funky, indie-rock outlook veers happily into psychedelic meanderings throughout the 12 tracks. The album kicks off with a solid groove on “Lonesome,” where audience participation is encouraged as always with handclaps and callbacks. A slower pulse beats in “How Long Must I Wait,” with a steel drum setting off the playful percussion. “Big Girl” is classic Dog, with a foot-stomping beat digging deep into country rock with Sha-na-na vocals and a wailing guitar solo. A stripped down acoustic vibe presents the rollicking tune, “Over Here, Over There.” Wayward electronic blips introduce the rambling, fuzzed-out composition “Warrior Man” before capping off the album with the twangy guitar of “Turning the Century.”

-Jane Jansen Seymour

You may also like

Get the print magazine.

The best of BUST in your inbox!

Subscribe to Our Weekly Newsletter

About Us

Founded in 1993, BUST is the inclusive feminist lifestyle trailblazer offering a unique mix of humor, female-focused entertainment, uncensored personal stories, and candid reporting that tells the truth about women’s lives.

©2023 Street Media LLC.  All Right Reserved.