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Dogs [Touch and Go]


  • 1. Dear Rose
    2. Oblivion
    3. Judy's in the Sandbox
    4. Underground
    5. Dog's Life, A
    6. Love Song, A
    7. Stormy Weather
    8. Smiley
    9. Roadkill
    10. Nobody Knew Her
    11. Too Much in Between
    12. Jimmy's Rose Tattoo
    13. Long Walk, The
    14. All Your Life
    15. 4 Yrs
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): TG246

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Albini
    EngineerSteve Albini

    Personnel: Nina Nastasia (vocals, guitar); Nina Nastasia; Juliann Klopotic (violin); Joshua Carlebach (accordion); Dave Richards (bass instrument, upright bass, electric bass); Gonzalo Munoz (musical saw); Gerry Leonard (guitar); Kennan Gudjonsson (piano); Peter Yanowitz (drums).
    Unknown Contributor Role: Kennan Gudjonsson.
    Following the release of BLACKENED AIR and RUN TO RUIN, the steadily growing cult success of contemporary singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia led Touch and Go Records to reissue her first album, DOGS. Originally released on a tiny label in 1999, DOGS contains, in embryonic form, all the elements of Nastasia's better known later albums.
    Over the course of 15 brief songs (only the tortured "Nobody Knew Her" breaks four minutes), Nastasia spins a litany of oddly titled but affecting lyrics about romance and darkness. Steve Albini's bare-bones production keeps the focus entirely on Nastasia's wounded but unflagging vocals, with the more ornate backing of her later albums largely absent.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.139) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]hese remain quintessential essays in minimal coffee-house Americana."
    Uncut (p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "DOGS measures up strikingly well to its legend....As a singer/songwriter who can describe heightened emotional states with an undemonstrative elegance, she has few contemporary equals."
    CMJ (p.5) - "DOGS displays her dissonance-laced Americana in its early form..."
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