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  • Audio CD (8 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: ATLANTIC
  • ASIN: B008V40IFE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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After a number of successful EPs, Dog is Dead recorded their debut album All Our Favourite Stories with Atlantic. The Nottingham five-piece describe their sound as a blend of indie-pop and jazz.

BBC Review

Grafting nu-folk whimsy onto the grand-scale emoting of Arcade Fire is big business in 2012, from the multi-million selling antics of Mumford & Sons and Noah and the Whale to advertisers using earnest, homespun ditties to flog everything from mobile phones to life insurance.

Latest to step into this crowded marketplace are Nottingham youngsters Dog Is Dead. The ambitious five-piece’s debut, All Our Favourite Stories, is one that Atlantic must be hoping will do even a fraction of the first-week trade that the Mumfords’ second album, Babel, managed.

Whether they ultimately catch on or not may depend largely on the public’s appetite for more of the same. While this is a confident and at times sharply written debut, there’s little to suggest that Dog Is Dead bring anything new to the table.

Rather, tracks like Teenage Daughter and the big, look-at-me harmonising of Hands Down offer hook-heavy, clinically executed takes on Win Butler’s songwriting style, with sprinkled nods to spiritual heirs like The Maccabees and Bombay Bicycle Club.

The problem is that the band seems altogether too comfortable working within this already well-worn idiom. Without the gravitas of some of their peers, the results can feel like too transparent a gesture towards festival main stages.

As such, recent single Talk Through The Night’s polite suburban angst is nice enough to secure even Ned Flanders’ approval, while Two Devils makes us wonder when teens started coming over so confoundedly wistful in song. It sounds like Cat Stevens sitting us on his lap to explain a few things about how the world works.

But Get Low and Any Movement are two of their best and least-forced sounding recordings. The former revels in a ghostly sense of space, and the latter has a stately, Simple Minds-ish sweep that suggests a maturity not generally audible elsewhere. There are nice production touches throughout, too.

Maybe this record will make Dog Is Dead stars, but it’s unlikely to make them a better band. Want the advice of an old curmudgeon? Cool your heels, lads: you might end up making something more interesting.

--Chris Roberts

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber Berry on 6 Mar. 2013
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After hearing "Hands Down", "Teenage Daughter" and "Glockenspiel Song", I couldn't not buy this album.
I personally find it difficult these days to find any stand out 'indie' bands, but Dog Is Dead definitely stand out to me. There is something very likeable about them, and something captivating about Robert Milton's vocals.This album is a great mix of upbeat and calm; my personal favourites are aforementioned "Hands Down", "Teenage Daughter" and "Talk Through The Night"... Many of the songs remind me of relaxing summer evenings spent with friends. Just great to wind down to. Although I find it hard to compare them to anyone, I'd recommend this for fans of Two Door Cinema Club and Bombay Bicycle Club.
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After 5 years of hard graft the DIDs have come out with a fresh sound based on harmonies, good tunes and drawing on 60s aspects. It is not a hugely energetic affair & is basically a series of quasi-ballads coupled to great rhythms, bass & drum, & fine lyrics. Takes us from summer sounds to a gloomy failed view of life & love. Opener 'Get Low' is all of these & there is an attractive vocal from Rob Milton with some cutting lyrics "A fear of the dark is a walk in the park when you're wasted". 'Do The Right Thing' is slightly faster & with probably the most magnetic effect here "She said we are all just puzzle pieces in denial" with a beautiful 5 part Association type vocal combination. 'Teenage Daughter' is back to a slower chapter "and I get used to it" with again those harmonies. 'Talk Through The Night' was the first single lifted "me & my friends are going to talk through the night" and even if not cutting edge is a fine piece (there is a really great mix by Disco Biscuit which is the flip of the fine 7" vinyl). 'Two Devils' is more of an acoustic number with various time changes plus again nice vocals. 'Hands Down' "I know that the devil is not far & is testing us"...."Darling I'm telling you hands down" and so far the highlight with rousing beautiful harmonies. 'Glockenspiel Song' is their live favourite, and though boasting some great vocals then initially was not necessarily my favourite, but then it grows "We are a mess, we are failures and we love it" with some fine sax injected. 'Heal It' is another great one "if it can break then we can heal it". 'River Jordan' "Take yourself a pretty girl & take her home tonight" is probably the most energetic here with also interesting lyrical aspects.Read more ›
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By Jenny Whittaker on 6 May 2013
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I really really enjoyed this album, however I do still have difficulty distinguishing one song from another. Saying this though, it's really quite happy, and makes you feel good about yourself just for listening.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ktvowles on 18 Nov. 2012
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It begins with a pumping drum beat on opener `Get Low' which is soon joined by a breathy but raspy and gentle vocal line later bursting into a defiant guitar solo which mimics the vocals. Through the soft acoustic guitars Daniel Harvey's drums are the driving force, keeping the steady beat throughout `Get Low'.

`Do The Right Thing' is a happy, sunny track, much like most of this album, which contains a strong jazz inspired bass line and a memorable hook in the chorus making it definite single material. All Our Favourite Stories is full of woah's and `ooooh's making it perfect for a crowd to sing-along with, `Two Devils' is a perfect example of this as it's packed with anthemic `ooh's which make it catchy as hell.

Dog Is Dead have created an album that excites the listener as it switches from soft acoustics to loud, almost choral, three part harmonies as heard in the chorus of `Hands Down'. One thing that can be said about All Our Favourite Stories is that it's fresh, the band are passionate about their music as they've conceived a masterpiece that sounds nothing like anything or anyone else.

`Glockenspiel Song' was the first song ever released by Dog Is Dead, firstly under their own label two years ago in 2010 and then with Atlantic Records earlier this year. This song is possibly the most interesting on the album, led by a saxophone played by bassist Lawrence Cole it will be stuck in heads for days. Lyrics boast "We are a mess, we are failures and we love it" showing that Dog Is Dead are honest and real people and provide a powerful connection.

As debut albums go, All Our Favourite Stories is right up there; a diverse, attention grabbing mix of indie, folk and pop all merged into one with just a hint of jazz. Dog Is Dead have succeeded in creating a fantastic album that's bound to suit almost anyone.
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Quality album from beginning to end! I can only see this band getting better and better with age and maturity!!
Favourite songs: Do The Right Thing, Heal It and Hands Down.
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By Stickers71 on 12 Aug. 2013
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I bought this album after seeing them play live. Fantastic album which makes these summer days that little bit more sunny!!!
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Top, top album, this band should and probably will be massive - you need to buy this album now - you heard it here first...
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By Fabulousa on 28 Feb. 2015
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A really good band, with excellent music. I also love the art of this album
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