My favorite song of 2010


Dr. Dog – “Shadow People”Shame, Shame

I popped Dr. Dog’s Shame, Shame into my car’s CD player today for probably the millionth time since its release last spring.

“Shadow People” still struck me the same way it always has: pure musical bliss. Scott McMicken’s strained, high-octave vocals ring out over a jangly acoustic guitar, which eventually builds to full-band, electric guitar euphony.

“The neon lights on Baltimore/ Every shadow’s getting famous/ In some backyard, in some plastic chair/ Hoping these cigarettes will save us.”

On a neo-old-school rock masterpiece (also one of my favorite records of the year), this is a gem that shines a little brighter than all the rest. There’s a euphoric sense of togetherness and fullness in the three-part vocals and full-capacity instrumentation of the song’s later choruses.

Where did all the shadow people go?


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