Straw Dogs | Love and then Hope

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Love and then Hope

by Straw Dogs

Americana, on fire.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lie Awake
4:04 $0.99
2. Could You
3:12 $0.99
3. Down My Hall
3:42 $0.99
4. Serious Love
4:03 $0.99
5. Fire Outside
4:01 $0.99
6. Remember My Garden
3:33 $0.99
7. Something More
3:28 $0.99
8. Rather Be
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9. Fallow
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10. Numbers
3:50 $0.99
11. Waiting by the Gate
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12. Sure of Goodbye
3:31 $0.99
13. Then Maria
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14. First Time
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Album Notes
Forever there lingers, within each of us, that elusive chance to put it all together. To draw those strings tight in one hand and pull. To say just the right thing in that brief and unexpected flash of a moment before all is lost. These are the chances that Straw Dogs somehow cannot help but take, time and again. And never have the results been stronger, the outcome so consistently irresistible, than on the Dogs' latest record, Love and Then Hope. Released in March 2009, these new songs reach within us and above, stamping the band's unique brand of Americana firmly upon us and the music world for good.

And it is good. Straw Dogs have always drawn impressive comparisons: the rock and groove of Ryan Adams and Counting Crows, and melodies and harmony that recall CSN, Son Volt on key, and even Pink Floyd. But the band's signature sound might be considered a gloss finish, perhaps made too easy for being built, as it is, on a solid base of award-winning songs. You can hear Straw Dogs and its members on radio, satellite, film, and in national advertising campaigns, and always their music demonstrates an allegiance to the craft of songwriting. The new record, Love and Then Hope, truly is a cannon shot that finds higher ground.

Here are some reviews of Straw Dogs' previous releases:

"Roots-rockers Straw Dogs tell it like it is to the 'Rising Sun' or anyone within listening range. They recall the Jayhawks in their vocal department but also make sure that their twang is up a billion notches more than anyone else. Lyrically it's crafty and clever yet downright real. Their music is top-notch and would be quite entertaining to see live since the guitars just wail with tone and power." - J-Sin,

"When I first heard this album I was caught off guard by the unique sound that the Straw Dogs have brought to the music industry with the release of their fourth album, "Tell the Rising Sun". I was not familiar with their past work and unlike most artists it was hard for me too pinpoint any kind of comparison to their style. This uniqueness is a good thing. The Straw Dogs aren't looking to match the sound of any other artists out there but instead they relentlessly pound track after track of catchy guitar sounds, unmatched vocal harmonies and a seasoned songwriting ability that has a distinct sound of their own." -Kevin Feild,

"Straw Dogs is singer-songwriter duo David von Beck and Darren Smith. They each press their trademark thumbprint into a honed pop style via jangling guitars and mirror-image harmonies, incarnating themselves into this era as did Firefall in the 1980's and The Byrds in the 1960's. "Hum of the Motor", their second release, has a polish and fullness their first release did not, thanks to a winning roll-of-the-dice by adding guest musicians on drums, pedal steel and trumpet." -Alan Fark,



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