Fate (Dr. Dog album)

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Fate
Studio album by Dr. Dog
Released July 22, 2008
Genre Indie rock, neo-psychedelia, chamber pop
Label Park the Van
Dr. Dog chronology
Passed Away, Vol. 1
(2008)
Fate
(2008)
Shame, Shame
(2010)

Fate is the fifth album by Philadelphia indie rock band Dr. Dog. It was released on July 22, 2008. The album introduces some new studio elements to their established indie rock sound.[1]

Album Info[edit]

Pre-orders from the album, depending on where it was pre-ordered, included signed CD art, a signed or unsigned 7" with two new songs ('The Dearly Departed' and 'Is It Worth My Time'), stickers, posters, t-shirts, and the album on vinyl.[citation needed]

The song "My Friend" was featured in trailers for the Judd Apatow film Funny People.[2]

Album Cover[edit]

The cover is a picture of a painting with the outlines sewn on done by Chicago-native, Ken Ellis. It's directly inspired by a picture of ill-fated outlaw duo Bonnie and Clyde.[3] When the members of Dr. Dog saw the painting at Chicago's Rainbo Club, where Ellis is a bartender, they quickly bought it from him.[4] They then used it as the album cover because they thought it fit with the general aesthetic of the album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (88%) [5]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [6]
Billboard (Positive) [7]
Entertainment Weekly (A-) [8]
Filter (93%)
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [9]
Pitchfork Media (5.5/10)[10]

Track listing[edit]

  • Written by Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken.
  1. "The Breeze" – 3:59
  2. "Hang On" – 4:01
  3. "The Old Days" – 3:42
  4. "Army of Ancients" – 4:05
  5. "The Rabbit, the Bat, and the Reindeer" – 3:29
  6. "The Ark" – 3:38
  7. "From" – 4:39
  8. "100 Years" – 4:06
  9. "Uncovering the Old" – 3:22
  10. "The Beach" – 3:42
  11. "My Friend" – 5:36
  12. "The Dearly Departed" (Only available on 7" and iTunes) – 3:14
  13. "Is It Worth My Time?" (Only available on 7") – 3:56
  14. "Drop Me Off" (iTunes bonus track) – 4:03
  15. "From" (iTunes bonus alternate version) – 5:10

Personnel[edit]

Dr. Dog performed, recorded and wrote the songs and consists of:

  • Toby Leaman - bass, vocals
  • Scott McMicken - lead guitar, vocals, bass, piano, vox organ
  • Frank McElroy - rhythm guitar, harmony
  • Zach Miller - piano, organ, synthesizer, guitar, sound effects, harmony
  • Juston Stens - drums, percussion, harmony
  • Toby and Scott wrote the lyrics.
  • Dr. Dog composed the music.

Additional Musicians consist of the following:

  • Danny Scofield - saxophones
  • Janka Perniss - violin
  • Tommy Bindle - percussion
  • Steve Duffy - trombone
  • Kimbal Brown - trumpet
  • John Pettit - trumpet
  • Heather Fortune - flute
  • Laura Foxx - clarinet
  • Victoria Baltimore - cello
  • Megan Smith - oboe
  • Eliza Jones - vocals

Additional Production by:

  • Brendan Cooney - string and horn arrangements
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Ken Ellis – paintings
  • Bill Moriarty – mixing
  • T. William Moriarty – production coordination
  • Kyle Pulley – production assistant, mixing assistant

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Fader Dr. Dog Review, thefader.com, gives a description of Dr. Dogs performance, retrieved 30 May 2008.
  2. ^ Funny People Trailer on YouTube, TV Spot featuring Dr. Dog's "My Friend".
  3. ^ Bonnie and Clyde Photo, Photo of Bonnie and Clyde that inspired the cover of Fate.
  4. ^ Dr. Dog backstage interview at Lollapalooza 2008 on YouTube
  5. ^ "Dr. Dog - Fate - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. 2008-07-22. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1392896
  7. ^ [1][dead link]
  8. ^ Reviewed by Leah Greenblatt (2008-07-18). "Fate Review". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  9. ^ http://www.parkthevan.com/drdog/rollingstonereviewmarch8-07.jpg
  10. ^ [2][dead link]