Friday, January 01, 2010

TK # 36 - The Format - Dog Problems (2006)

Dog Problems has the quirks and sophistication of XTC, the broken heart of classic Jackson Browne, Queen's over-the-top ambition, the giddiness of early 70’s AM radio and the timeless quality found in your favorite records. The Format are complete nerd perfectionists obsessed with not only Beach Boys/Beatles popadelia but Brill Building craftsmanship and the timeless melodies of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Soaring harmonies, handclaps, orchestral arrangements, melodies seemingly plucked from show tunes and the astonishing clarity of Nate Ruess’ choirboy tenor all come together for a record bursting with should-have-been hits.

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