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Don’t Know Dorothy’s Debut EP, Above My Head easily a winner

ImageSeveral weeks ago I reluctantly promised to listen to and review Don’t Know Dorothy’s Ep, Above My Head. But any doubts I had were quickly dispelled listening to the first,  title track to the album (Do people other than me still use vinyl-centric language?) as a simple guitar melody was taken over by a much more driving beat that promptly raised the bar for the rest of the recording.

As a whole, Above My Head has a good blend of fast and slow songs giving it a sense of completeness that makes it worth listening to the whole thing together. My son immediately took to the slightly retro feel of the music and I was  reminded of a number of artists that probably stopped playing music before these guys were born. Despite the conscious or unconscious influence of an earlier era of music, Don’t Know Dorothy comes through as completely fresh, original music with a distinct sound.

Right out of the gate, Above my head felt like a mix of Ben Harper and Matthew Sweet achieving a good beat with bass and drums wrapping around the vocals and itchy guitar riffs. Where’s the Love, Whatever Comes and It’s You maintain the sense of retro pop-rock and keep up a good pace. Finally, Down the Road finishes the EP with a ballad tone recalling some of the playfulness of Squeeze but at a much more relaxed tempo.

Altogether, Above my Head is an excellent debut album and I expect to see much more from Don’t Know Dorothy over the next several years as they find their fan base and continue to grow.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Is there new hope for ‘A New Hope’?

ImageDisney bought the rights to the Star Wars franchise from Lucasarts today for $4B. For old Star Wars fans like me, this poses two immediate questions:

#1 Is Disney going to make rubbish movies and destroy the series?

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#2 Does this mean that finally someone is in a position to remaster and release the ORIGINAL version of Star Wars, A New Hope?

 

The answers:

#1  Too Late. George already did that with 3 1/2 crummy episodes

#2 Who knows. I can only keep my fingers crossed – a good friend of mine consulted his magic 8 ball though and he said the outlook was grim.

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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