As D.O.T. Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey turned in a tidy debut last
year with 'And That'. It's good to know that they are still at it.
'Diary' is chock-full of memorable tunes. The quality of their
songwriting collaboration has evolved substantially, as has
their sound, which seems fuller, more detailed and confident.
That this is an English outfit is immediately apparent. The
rough vernacular edges in Messrs Skinner and Harvey's vocal
contributions make up a large part of D.O.T.'s idiosyncratic
charm; the former's laconic urban sprechgesang a perfect foil
for the latter's high-ranging nasal vibrato. Egg and chips!
There are twelve numbers in the set. Strongest amongst them are
'Don't Look At The Road' which sports a particularly strong chorus
and some damned fine harmonies; 'Under A Ladder', which boasts
some wonderfully dainty diction and flat vowels from Mr Skinner
and 'Left At The Lights' which, with its rainy-day brass accents
and passionate vocal performance from Mr Harvey, generates a real
sense of pathos. It is perhaps this talented duo's finest moment.
What's not to love? Don't let D.O.T. slip by under your radar.