Beware of the Dogs

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Beware of the Dogs
Beware of the Dogs Stella Donnelly.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 March 2019 (2019-03-08)
Recorded2018 in Fremantle, Western Australia and Athens, GA
Genre
Length42:32
LabelSecretly Canadian
Producer
  • Dean Tuza
  • Jordan Shakespeare
  • Drew Vandenberg
Stella Donnelly chronology
Thrush Metal
(2017)
Beware of the Dogs
(2019)

Beware of the Dogs is the debut studio album by Welsh-Australian musician Stella Donnelly. It was released on 8 March 2019 under Secretly Canadian.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2019, the album was nominated for Breakthrough Artist.[3]

At the J Awards of 2019, the album was nominated for Australian Album of the Year.[4]

At the AIR Awards of 2020, the album won Independent Album of the Year and Best Independent Pop Album or EP.[5]

Background[edit]

Donnelly independently released her debut EP, Thrush Metal, in 2017.[6] She was signed to Secretly Canadian in February 2018, while Thrush Metal was re-released by the label that June.[7] One song off of Thrush Metal, "Boys Will Be Boys", was included on Beware of the Dogs.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stella Donnelly. All tracks produced by Dean Tuza, except where noted.[8]

No.TitleProducerLength
1."Old Man" 3:33
2."Mosquito" 3:11
3."Season's Greetings" 2:49
4."Allergies" 2:55
5."Tricks" 4:06
6."Boys Will Be Boys"Jordan Shakespeare4:04
7."Lunch" 3:40
8."Bistro" 2:03
9."Die" 2:54
10."Beware of the Dogs" 3:35
11."U Owe Me"Drew Vandenberg2:40
12."Watching Telly" 4:45
13."Face It" 2:17

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 15
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[10] 21
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[11] 16
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[12] 43

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?8.0/10[13]
Metacritic81/100[14]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[15]
Consequence of SoundB+[2]
Exclaim!9/10[16]
The Guardian4/5 stars[17]
NME4/5 stars[18]
Pitchfork7.6/10[19]
Q4/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
Uncut7/10[21]
Vice (Expert Witness)A−[22]

Reviewing for Vice, Robert Christgau said the album is, "in plain English and unassuming soprano, a musical encyclopedia of assholes, all male not just because she's female but because assholes generally are."[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dolan, Jon (12 March 2019). "Review: Stella Donnelly's Real-Talking Indie-Pop Gem 'Beware of the Dogs'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b Dzubay, Laura (12 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly Takes the World to Task on Beware of the Dogs". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  3. ^ "ARIA Awards: 2019 ARIA Awards Nominated Artists Revealed". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 10 October 2019. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ "The J Award 2019". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  5. ^ "That's a wrap: 2020 AIR Awards winners and celebrations". the industry observer. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  6. ^ Moodie, Claire (28 November 2017). "Cassette tapes making a comeback thanks to young, independent artists". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  7. ^ Forbes, Matthew (28 February 2018). "Stella Donnelly signs to Secret Canadian; releases video for 'Mechanical Bull'". Outlet Mag. Retrieved 16 July 2020.
  8. ^ Donnelly, Stella (2019). Beware of the Dogs (liner notes). Secretly Canadian.
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  15. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Beware of the Dogs – Stella Donnelly". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  16. ^ Garcia, Brad (5 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs". Exclaim!. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  17. ^ Lancaster, Brodie (8 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs review – sweet-sounding songs with a killer bite". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  18. ^ Mylrea, Hannah (15 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly – 'Beware Of The Dogs' review". NME. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  19. ^ Horn, Olivia (11 March 2019). "Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  20. ^ Solomon, Kate (May 2019). "Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs". Q (397): 111.
  21. ^ O'Connell, Sharon (April 2019). "Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs". Uncut (263): 28.
  22. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (6 April 2019). "Robert Christgau on Stella Donnelly's Musical Encyclopedia of Assholes". Vice. Retrieved 6 April 2019.