On Disc: The Format

Album: Dog Problems

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Dog Problems by The Format

The Format
Dog Problems
The Vanity Label

3 stars

Dog Problems, the second album from indie-pop rockers The Format, has received considerable acclaim. Though seldom garnering radio play, the band has developed a loyal fan base.

Arizona-based singer/songwriters Sam Means and Nate Ruess apparently chose their band name to poke fun at the music industry’s “manufactured” hit singles. Naturally, the album " which was named after Ruess and his ex-girlfriend’s plan to get a dog after each break up " strays from this.

Dog Problems might be expected to be a melancholy album, considering the majority of songs were written about a breakup. However, the melodic and up-tempo vibe will pleasantly surprise listeners.

The album features a plethora of instruments, including the Wurlitzer, cello, clarinet, and even “noise.” Many songs are piano-driven pop ballads with beautifully orchestrated choruses, while songs like “If Work Permits” mix folk and punk genres into poetic yet quirky anthems.

While the melody may bring back memories of Queen, The Format is proving itself to be a band to keep an eye on.

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