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Dark Fog seem to lean more toward Sabbath than Hawkwind on this record, employing meaty riffs and thick tones to create hard-hitting tracks rather than sprawling jams. Some of the songs, most notably "We Should the Future," are poppy as hell, complete with huge, catchy hooks. The drumming is snappy and tight, the guitarist can shred through all kinds of moods and feelings, and the vocals—although often reverbed-out beyond recognition—carry great melodies. The whole thing is very pleasant, never too dark or brooding or dramatic.
This record is by no means flawless; it's got a lot of pointless noodling and meandering in between the songs, not to mention the printout that came in the jewel case telling some silly account of how the record got its equally silly title (The Seaside Sounds of Dark Fog at Doctor Officer Quimby's House), which honestly elicited more than one eye roll from me. But even I'll admit that these are some pretty trite complaints, and they don't really take too much away from an otherwise solid album.
As seen in this week's Gossip Wolf, the release show for Doctor Officer Quimby's House is on Fri 11/23 at the Burlington with Rabble Rabble and Killer Moon.