Elizabeth Weinburg

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July 18, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Now five albums in as the kings of fuzzy beard-rock revivalism, Philly quintet Dr. Dog has expertly honed its loving tribute to the past perfect. Take your pick from the retro FM canon — the Beatles, the Band, the Zombies — and find it faithfully transmuted in the album’s melodic guitar jangle and fluty, floaty vocals (showcased most excellently on ”The Breeze,” ”Army of Ancients,” and ”Hang On”). Strict modernists may chafe at the band’s unapologetically backward-glancing aesthetic, but the rest should happily succumb to the shaggy charm of Fate‘s easy-like-Sunday-morning ramblings. A-
DOWNLOAD THIS: Hear ”Army of Ancients” at Dr. Dog’s MySpace page

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