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Dog Problems (2006)

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Jul 11, 2006

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Track 02 – “I’m Actual”
Josh Klinghoffer – guitar
Roger Manning Jr. – orchestral arrangement
John O’Riley – drums, percussion
Don Raymond Jr. – bass guitar
Anna Waronker – vocals, vocal arrangements

Track 03 – “Time Bomb”
Josh Klinghoffer – guitar
Roger Manning Jr. – Wurlitzer
Steven McDonald – bass guitar
John O’Riley – drums, percussion
Anna Waronker – vocals, vocal arrangements

Track 08 – “Dead End”
Josh Klinghoffer – guitar
Steven McDonald – bass guitar
John O’Riley – percussion
Anna Waronker – vocals, vocal arrangements
Joey Waronker – drums
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Please, read the entire review on www.sputnikmusic.com

7201197Grand pop albums don’t come along very often these days. Ornate, striking, Pet Sounds kind of pop albums. Whimsical, sweeping, and bold in musical statement and style pop albums. So it comes as a bit of a surprise that The Format, previously known for guitar driven records of well crafted and certainly well-written pop/pop rock songs, have conjured up a little something special with Dog Problems. And to say it is one of the years better and best recordings and a truly pleasurable listen would be an accurate statement, to say the least. Evolving far beyond where they started yet bringing the pop hooks, song craft, and lyrical goodness we have come to expect from this band, I no problem saying this album is a joy from beginning to end and certainly one of the years essential recordings.
The album starts on a whimsical note with the vignette song “Matches,” which sounds like gentle carousel music until it finally gives way to the grand carousel sounds of the next track up, the ornate and carnival like “I’m Actual.” The entire body of “I’m Actual” moves like a wave through the air and the listener can’t help but be swept up in it’s grandeur as the music drifts along like a breezy summer day to open the album. Taking this uplift to the next level for the next track, “Time Bomb” is a classic break-up song that allows you to sing and dance all over your heartache as well as exorcise it. “Oh no, was it worth it?” singer Nate Ruess starts with a towering choral vocal.. But it’s not just Ruess here. Seemingly resurrecting the ghost of ELO with a full faux choir intro and a big sounding piano, bass, and drum treatment, this track soars from the start with propulsive beats and a strong rhythm. “Starting now I’m starting over/I’m gonna sleep with the next person I meet/You swore together forever/Now you’re telling me lies” Reuss sings as the upbeat music softens the blows. […] [/one_half]