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- All Our Favourite Stories by Dog Is Dead
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7/10 Vern Customer review, 14th August 2013
This one from Nottingham indie pop five piece Dog Is Dead came out in October last year and I was quite surprised that it did not totally cemented itself as a favourite among the rambling teenage hordes, giving them a rather fun, interesting alternative to the odious Bieber and the general sexism and objectification of the other artists cluttering up the charts.
'All Our Favourite Stories' made it to 45 in the charts before limply slumping back behind the likes of tedious Lady Gaga and the sexually aggressive Rihanna. However this album is what teenagers are looking for; punchy melodies, relevant songs about things like love, chatting with mates and most importantly, they have a sense of fun. Songs such as 'Talk Through The Night' and 'Glockenspiel Song' are the kind of hook ridden, harmony driven songs that friends dub 'our song', which conjure memories with your mates and get you excited from the first note. The ecstatic end to 'Glockenspiel Song' with its cacophony of saxophone and percussion is just what you want to share with friends. It's real fun.
Dog Is Dead bring something refreshing to all those other generic indie pop bands; great harmonies, fun saxophone and decent lyrics sung with an interesting voice. Each of their songs are memorable enough that the album doesn't became a backing track and although there are some dull moments, its energy just keeps its head above the rest.
I can't help but think that if this album were released in the early 2000s, when the Kooks rode second in the charts, The Hoosiers and Kaiser Chiefs had best selling albums and Lily Allen was selling 3 million records, all thanks to the teenage hordes that these pop albums were tailored for, Dog Is Dead would have been up in the top ten. Unfortunately teens seem to want their lyrics to be laced with sadomasochism, their music videos to have less Thriller zombies and more babestation titillation and their beats to be dumber than their role models.
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