Critical Equation

Dr. Dog - Critical Equation
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2018 Ratings: #606 / 719
User Score
Based on 26 ratings
2018 Ratings: #335
April 27, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thirty Tigers, We Buy Gold / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic

Rather than breaking the mold, Dr. Dog instead double down on their strengths to make Critical Equation a surprisingly vital outing.

80
American Songwriter

There is no doubt that Critical Equation pops and darts with the energy of a brand new band. 

70
God Is in the TV
Is it the best Dr Dog album? Maybe not. But is it the one that’s right for now? I think it is.
60
PopMatters
If you're a Dr. Dog fan and love what they do, chances are you won't be disappointed. But more critical listeners may hear these songs and feel there's something lacking.
55
The 405

Longtime fans of the band will not find a rebirth in Critical Evaluation but you may find an upbeat improvement on recent efforts.

50
A.V. Club

With the exception of the hollering “Heart Killer,” a brisk earworm with spongy synths, and the hypnotic garage-psych opener “Listening In,” Critical Equation is forgettable and stuck in a soporific midtempo groove.

smallpeeble
78
this album is lovely. night is my ultimate fave among all tracks.

faves:

1. buzzing in the light
2. virginia please
3. critical equation
4. night
VividAids
60
SNORE
Rob_StA
83
Top Tracks:
Go Out Fighting
Buzzing in the Light
Heart Killer
MasterCrackfox
66
By no means the most impressive album the group has put out to this point, they stick to their natural sound and chunk out at least something consistent and listenable.

Favorite track: Heartkiller
67
“Critical Equation” is less overtly retro than some of the more recent Dr. Dog albums, and it’s probably better for that. That said, nobody who’s heard a Dr. Dog album before this is going to be stunned by anything they hear on “Critical Equation.” The band’s tendency to box themselves into uninspired, midtempo psychedelic grooves is in full play here, and it’s a mood that works better in short doses than over the course of an entire 40 minute ... read more
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Track List

  1. Listening In
  2. Go Out Fighting
  3. Buzzing in the Light
  4. Virginia Please
  5. Critical Equation
  6. True Love
  7. Heart Killer
  8. Night
  9. Under the Wheels
  10. Coming Out of the Darkness
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