We All Belong
REVIEWED BY CHRIS STRAUSS

INDIE POP

Given the late ’60s, low-fi feel of their latest record, it’s no surprise that two members of Philly quintet Dr. Dog once moonlighted in a Beach Boys cover band. Wearing their heavy Pet Sounds and late-era Beatles influences on their sleeves, bassist Toby Leaman and guitarist Scott McMicken share songwriting and vocal duties, creating layered harmonies on the perfect pop of “My Old Ways” and “Ain’t It Strange,” which you almost expect to be encrypted with a subliminal message declaring that “Paul is dead.” They even stop by Cripple Creek on the way to “Alaska,” a rootsy throwback reminiscent of the Band. While some might criticize Dr. Dog for such idol worship, it’s hard to find fault when the result is this enjoyable, appealing to both indie hipsters and their baby-boomer parents.

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