Album Review: Ed The Dog – Shame

Ed The Dog  – Shame

27th July 2018

Words: Samantha Sadler

High Wycombe artist Ed the Dog released his debut album ‘Shame’ on 27th July and it’s packed full of 90s vibes and similarities to Weezer.
Ed Wettenhall made the bold decision to quit his admin assistant job, retreat to his attic and write the album, following the break-up of his previous band Fish Tank in which he was frontman. Written, performed, recordedand mixed by the man himself, Shame has already been turning heads on Radio One and Radio 6, baggingAlbum of the Week on Huw Stephen’s show this week. If you’re a fan of fast-paced, punky pop then you’regoing to absolutely love this.

It’s fair to say that there’s a lot going on in this album – perhaps more than can even be squeezed into a review. It’s one of those that you really have to listen to and appreciate each loop, pattern and riff. But I’m going to give you a little flavour that’ll entice you to listen.
Opening track Funny Turns sets the scene as dynamic pop soundscapes flood through my speakers and the comparisons to Weezer start to shine through. It’s brimming with explosive vocal bursts surrounding delicate intricate plucking and growing metallic jingles.
Little Brother brings it down a notch with reverb-laden synths and steady percussions throughout. Wettenhall’s hazy vocals swirl throughout the instrumental as he croons “hey little brother.” The track offers another layer on
top of the boisterous nature of the album and exposes the true brilliance of Wettenhall’s vocal ability.

A Good Thing opens on “I’ve been waiting a long time for somebody like you” and lays bare a tragic love song as Wettenhall continues “and now you’re leaving me.” Probably my favourite track on the album, it’s got British guitar-rock undertones seeping out against the predominant Americana vibes felt throughout the whole LP.
It’s easy to see why ‘Shame’ has been turning heads so much already and if anything, I’d expect Ed The Dog to become somewhat of a cult hero. The production is awesome, each track flows into the other and it feels very much like a full portfolio of Wettenhall’s talents. Big thumbs up from me.

Listen to Shame here: 

Like what you hear? Don't like what you hear? .... tell us... here:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  • Popped Music Logo by…

    Ian Caulkett
    If you like our logo then check out Ian's site here: http://cargocollective.com/iancaulkett

  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Also please do sign up to our personalised mailing list: http://eepurl.com/bejgpX

    Join 8,086 other followers

  • About Popped Music

    Popped Music has been going since Feb 2010.

    All articles written by Elena Katrina unless otherwise stated.

    I'm very happy if you love what I've done enough or love the bands I've written about and want to share - go for it, but please be blog friendly and share the link or hit the reblog button. Thank you.

%d bloggers like this: