A Giant Dog
Toy
(Merge Records)

While I can’t claim to be up to date on most Merge releases, I feel pretty confident that Austin’s A Giant Dog are certainly one of the more risque outfits on the roster. Subject matter about sex, sexual innuendos, and drugs- and not penned in metaphors- comprise most the album, while the music shifts from fuzzy garage punk to anthemic rock to power-pop with horns, orchestral moments and organs mixed into the party. A polished affair, but still gritty and biting, the band is oddly clever (songs like “Fake Plastic Trees” sound nothing like Radiohead) and make tunes about saggy tits and being a piece of shit both fun and cathartic.

Purchase the album here.

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