Hair of the Dog is, appropriately, a Spitfire band who understandably believes the history of rock begins with Aerosmith and ends with Zeppelin. Such adherence to barbecue boogie seems refreshing, but the natural questions rear: Does HOD possess tunes worthy of its influences, and can the quartet rise above being a Saturday kegger attraction (not that there's anything wrong with that)? The good news is this record rolls out super-sized rock. The lyrics are predictably enjoyable: barnyard liaisons, monster truck dalliances, and party-right fighting. Dealer-ode "Cadillac Jack" won HOD a recording contract, and "Stomp" features some mega scraping. The violent "Whisky Tango" quotes Steven Tyler quoting Frank Zappa. And, thankfully, not a single bawling ballad exists. The playing comes off tight and fast enough to avoid blooze plodding, these riotous boys just need to stumble across a rifforama or turn of phrase as gargantuan as those slung by Nugent or even Skid Row to break from the pack. Hair of the Dog does speed down the right road though, and it's a fun ride.
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AllMusic Review by Doug Stone