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Dogs [CD]

Nina Nastasia Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jun 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Touch & Go Records
  • ASIN: B00023B1H6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,876 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dear Rose
2. Oblivion
3. Judy’s In Her Sandbox
4. Underground
5. A Dog’s Life
6. A Love Song
7. Stormy Weather
8. Smiley
9. Roadkill
10. Nobody Knew Her
11. Too Much In Between
12. Jimmy’s Rose Tattoo
13. The Long Walk
14. All Your Life
15. 4 Yrs

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The re-issue of Nina Nastasia's 1999 debut, Dogs, is well over due. Engineered by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies), it's simplicity and honesty resound throughout. Nastasia's effortless voice swoons over a bed of laid-back guitars, dreamy upright bass and almost jazz percussion, bringing to mind Suzanne Vega and Rickey Lee Jones. The almost constant use of violins, gives that album a countryish feel, but this is not middle American country, it's contemporary folk, straight out of New York city.

Lyrically, Nastasia uses metaphor here there and everywhere. "Judy's in the Sandbox" tells of a wild young woman trying to be calmed by her man, but he fails so "He wipes his brow and steps inside to play within the rules". The almost jarred cello of this track really works to enhance her portrayal of the situation. Accompaniments are put to good use, the slow jig of "A Dog's Life" is given a jolly mischievous bounce-a-long sound, which suits the subject matter: the desire to give it all up and "lie under the couch" and "chew a bone".

The claim that this is just another singer/songwriter's, album, with some pretty depressing lyrics, can be thrown at Nastasia and it's true. But this should not detract the listener from the quality of these 15 songs. Things do go astray towards the middle of the album ("Smiley" and "Roadkill") but they do perk up again with "Nobody Knew Her"--a fair attempt at what could have been a Toad the Wet Sprocket track. Wait for a sunny lazy afternoon, sit back and listen, it won't disappoint. --Jamie Clark

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative debut 25 Feb 2008
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
As with so many of my best-loved artists, I first came across the work of Nina Nastasia listening to John Peel. Only 1,500 copies of the blink-and-you'll-miss-it debut album "Dogs" were pressed by the tiny Socialist label (hence the wry remark, "Thank you, Comrades" in the booklet).

Fortunately, Steve Albini, who recorded the album in October 1999 at his Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, sent a copy to the nation's favourite deejay, and with his usual keen ear for the original, the inspiring and the raw, he began featuring it heavily on his Radio One show, describing it as "astonishing", although by the time he played it on air, it had already become out of print. She went on to become a regular contributor to the programme, in session, on record, in concert and in performance at Peel Acres, and in 2004 "Dogs", by now with its own cult following, was re-released by Touch And Go.

Judging from the record, Nina clearly has bad days and worse days, and tends to sing about characters who are less fortunate. It is music like this that makes for the most satisfying listen, and Nina is its mistress.

Although a native of Hollywood CA, she spent the nineties in downtown New York, honing her music with partner and musical organizer Kennan Gudjonsson in their Chelsea home. As a result, the record is a distillation of a decade of composing and performing and contains a number of concise, finely-tuned songs that have remained in her concert repertoire, with sparse, eerie arrangements, including A Dog's Life, Stormy Weather (not the standard), Too Much In Between, All Your Life and Jimmy's Rose Tattoo.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous 3 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after listening to a Nina Nastasia track on a John Peel tribute album and I have to say that this ia a simply gorgeous, rocking, lulling, beauty of an album. Judy in a Sandbox and A Dog's Life stand out for rhythm and feel, and are more catchy than I imagined they would be. This is an album you will want to buy your friends for Christmas. I don't imagine anyone would be unhappy if they purchased this, it is beautiful....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shania it isn't 22 Jun 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you want your heart broken, your soul stripped and your ribs tickled then get your credit / debit card out and buy this blindly.
I loathe the term "alternative - country", and more-so I loathe bands who are actually assumedly from this genre (Handsome family take note). So suprised was I that Nina Nastacia was placed into this section that I started to doubt bothering to go and see her play live. After I say her play I bought all three albums sold at the venue.
"Dogs" is simply a sublime work of beautiful acoustic guitars, strings and cruching lyrics of such subtle yer supercharged acute observations that are written to make you smirk in deep pity. Nina's vocals are stunningly layered over the wonderful concoction of low brow low-esque drums, breeders style circa "POD" viola and accordians.
Yet for all these untarnished sounds and quiet undertones comes through something quite powerful. It's heart to pinhole the overall effect, it's not morbid yet it is melancholy, it's not amusing yet it is funny, it's slow paced yet upbeat.
For those who may read this blindly and think I'm talking about a cheap skiffle influenced banality band then remeber this - Steve Albini has produced all 3 Nina Nastasia albums and invited her to All Tomorrows Parties. the sound is very nice indeed
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's A Dog's Life 16 Jun 2004
By Elliot Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
At long last, we get Nina's first album re-released! And what a solid debut it is! I was very interested to see how the style Nastasia has evolved through on her 2nd and 3rd albums began, and Dogs rewards with an earlier step in Nina's musical journey. On Dogs, the songs are generally upbeat with Nina singing in the upper register with more of that country twang than she has been known to use as of late (Run to Ruin). Though the music sounds happier at first impression, her lyrical motif of broken dreams, failed relationships and hopeful longing for love is present. The arrangements are less centered on dark moods and the timbre of musical saw (though it IS played) and various percussion do-dads (as it became starting with The Blackened Air), and more electric guitar is used, which is A-OK with me. Beyond comparative issues, the bottom line is this: Dogs features thoughtfully-crafted songs (sometimes short) with somewhat dark lyrics, sung by a beautiful female voice and backed by some interesting instruments. The music is folk-rocky with a hint of country (but not too much, thank heaven). I am, as always, impressed with the songwriting, and appreciate the different style of music from the 2nd and 3rd albums. Can't wait for more!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done again 24 Feb 2006
By J. Schmitt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I loved BLACKENED AIR so much that after wearing it out I purchased DOGS. Of course both have the wisdom of Steve Albini whirrled in. I am drawn to Nina Nastasia by the simplicity, the front porch elements that seem to slink around behind the barn where the real action goes down. Short well done songs that puntuate the worlds between dark folk and a film score for innocence lost.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for what ails you...bring your own chocolate 10 Jun 2004
By Patrick Hayes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I found Nina Nastasia had 2 songs on NPR..."The Long Walk" and "Stormy Weather". Skeptically listening to her music I was rather unused to it. My creature comforts are a little less kind and more punk.
But hearing Nina and her fellow bandmates, her haunting lyrics and the lowkey music following her dark smokey voice put you at ease. This music should be used in a combo of coffee and chocolate when you just want to feed your aching head & heart.
In "The Long Walk" she seems almost coo "You're covered with sweat, we're hardly there yet, don't be ashamed of yourself". Her words of comfort "just take it slow, its only me" seem so personal. You should be tearfully half done with the chocolate by now. Yet songs like "Stormy Weather" without sacrificing any intimacy, seem to subtly exude the power of a film score. I make no comparisons, but this band makes me think of Cowboy Junkies and Nick Drake. Acoustic guitars work well with other string instruments and minimal percussion. I welcome this alternative to the overly produced music heard all too often.
Do not blame me if you quickly develop a relationship with this CD. Love at your own risk.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty... 25 Jan 2006
By Logan Seguin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the first album I have heard in quite sometime that stuck with me so fast. Her simplistic yet powerful sound takes the female singer/songwriter genre to whole new level. Her storytelling techniques are enough to get to the heart of any body who takes the time to listen. She has a beautiful and almost haunting voice, and a downbeat, slow folky guitar sound that i enjoy even though it is simplistic. It takes alot for something to be simplistic yet terribly powerful. All in all, one of my favorite female vocalists.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Innovative debut 25 Feb 2008
By Lozarithm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As with so many of my best-loved artists, I first came across the work of Nina Nastasia listening to John Peel. Only 1,500 copies of the blink-and-you'll-miss-it debut album "Dogs" were pressed by the tiny Socialist label (hence the wry remark, "Thank you, Comrades" in the booklet).

Fortunately, Steve Albini, who recorded the album in October 1999 at his Electrical Audio Studios in Chicago, sent a copy to the nation's favourite deejay, and with his usual keen ear for the original, the inspiring and the raw, he began featuring it heavily on his Radio One show, describing it as "astonishing", although by the time he played it on air, it had already become out of print. She went on to become a regular contributor to the programme, in session, on record, in concert and in performance at Peel Acres, and in 2004 "Dogs", by now with its own cult following, was re-released by Touch And Go.

Judging from the record, Nina clearly has bad days and worse days, and tends to sing about characters who are less fortunate. It is music like this that makes for the most satisfying listen, and Nina is its mistress.

Although a native of Hollywood CA, she spent the nineties in downtown New York, honing her music with partner and musical organizer Kennan Gudjonsson in their Chelsea home. As a result, the record is a distillation of a decade of composing and performing and contains a number of concise, finely-tuned songs that have remained in her concert repertoire, with sparse, eerie arrangements, including A Dog's Life, Stormy Weather (not the standard), Too Much In Between, All Your Life and Jimmy's Rose Tattoo.

Of the record, Steve Albini said in Mojo, 'Nina Nastasia's "Dogs" is a record so simultaneously unassuming and grandiose that I can't really describe it, except in terms that would make it (and me) sound silly. Of the couple thousand records I've been involved with, this is one of my favourites, and one that I'm proud to be associated with', and John Peel described the songs as 'very direct without being posy or too clever. There's an attractive air of melancholy without self-pity.'

Nina's perfectly-pitched vocals and acoustic guitar are tautly accompanied by cello and violin, an occasional electric guitar, some well-judged musical saw, accordion, piano, acoustic and electric basses and the vital underpinnings of some extremely subtle drum work, faithfully conveyed by Steve Albini's meticulous engineering. It was unlike any record before it and has set the mold for her future work to date. It is good to have it back in catalogue.
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