The Parlor Mob – Dogs (Roadrunner / Warner Music Canada)

With iTunes in the United States naming Dogs their Rock Album of the Year, some admittedly lofty expectations awaited before I even heard one note from Dogs. For the most part, the record delivers rather solidly though narrowing down the band’s sound is tough. The group draws some inspiration from classic rock yet owes a part of their sound to the tight, layered guitar-driven sound of Smashing Pumpkins. If this sounds like an odd combo, it is indeed. The Parlor Mob seems to hit their stride on some of the most straightforward moments like Into The Sun and the pseudo-ballad and hit-in-waiting Hard Enough.