Tommy (Dosh album)

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Studio album by Dosh
Released 13 April 2010 (2010-04-13)
Genre Electronic, glitch, IDM
Length 43:57
Label Anticon
Dosh chronology
Wolves and Wishes

Tommy is the fifth full-length studio album by Minneapolis-based one-man band Dosh, released on April 13, 2010 on the record label Anticon.


The album is named after Dosh soundman Tom Cesario, who died just before the album was released and to whom the album is dedicated.[1] Dosh and Cesario attended the same high school and became friends within the Brooklyn music scene, and later in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, before Dosh hired Cesario in 2006.[2]


The album features Andrew Bird contributing vocals to tracks "Number 41" and "Nevermet".[3] "Airlift" contains a sample of Dosh and his friend covering "Run Like Hell" by Pink Floyd.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A-[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.9/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[2]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3/5 stars[8]
URB 4/5 stars[9]

Pitchfork Media's Larry Fitzmaurice wrote: "Tommy's strongest moments-- the elegiac piano on the ironically-named 'Loud' or the hollow boom-bap of 'Airlift'-- sound fully realized and complete, suggesting that Dosh's best work is still yet to come."[7]

Scott Gordon of The A.V. Club remarked that the album "doesn't aim to dazzle like 2008's Wolves And Wishes or 2006's The Lost Take; instead, it focuses all its tech-wizardry on some of the most vulnerable, exultant melodies Dosh has captured yet."[6]

Mike Newmark of PopMatters said that "Tommy is not explicitly a funereal record, but there's a melancholic air blowing through it that seems to constantly refer back to Cesario's passing, even when the musicians are working up a sweat."[2]

A review of the album at Tiny Mix Tapes suggested there are "some practical questions about when somebody would actually want to listen to Tommy and what one takes away from it when one actually does listen. With a few exceptions, Dosh leaves those questions unanswered on his latest offering."[8]

Zach Cole of URB said the album "excels because there is no one correct way to describe the music. Using everything from Afrobeat to IDM, Dosh does it all; yet, he manages to find a way to make the entire project cohesive."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dosh, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Subtractions"   4:18
2. "Yer Face"   3:22
3. "Number 41"   3:04
4. "Town Mouses"   3:09
5. "Loud" Mike Lewis[1] 3:31
6. "Airlift"   3:58
7. "Country Road X"   5:05
8. "Call the Kettle"   5:38
9. "Nevermet"   3:23
10. "Gare de Lyon"   8:29


  1. ^ a b c Anticon records online store, April 13, 2010, retrieved November 3, 2010 
  2. ^ a b c Newmark, Mike (April 13, 2010). "Review - 'Dosh': Tommy". PopMatters. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Cosores, Philip (February 25, 2010). "Dosh to blow minds with album, tour". Consequence of Sound. 
  4. ^ "Tommy - Dosh". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ J. Poet. "Dosh - Tommy". AllMusic. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Gordon, Scott (April 13, 2010). "'Dosh' - Tommy". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Fitzmaurice, Larry (April 9, 2010). "Reviews - Albums - 'Dosh': Tommy". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Music Review - 'Dosh': Tommy". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Cole, Zach (April 13, 2010). "'Dosh' - Tommy (Review)". URB. Retrieved October 24, 2013. 

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