Talk about an opening salvo: Dr. Dog
starts off its new album, We All Belong
, with "Old News," a double shot of piano glissando and disco-funk drums that's bolstered by a baritone sax. This sizable groove announces that the Philly quintet is finally fulfilling the lo-fi promise of earlier recordings. Indeed, Belong
was recorded to 24-track, 2-inch tape, which has allowed the band to cram multiple layers of harmonies and walls of guitar into fuzzy pop nuggets and created superb analog warmth. What Made Milwaukee Famous
takes a more mannered, classic approach to pop, crafting a sound that melds Of Montreal's glam-rock, Spoon's beguiling menace and Joe Jackson's new-wave symphonies.