The Spinning Dog

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On the band's second album, coming one year after its 1995 debut, I Ruined America, Dunlavy kick into full space rock overdrive from the start with "The Landing," a perfect slice of steady chug, heavy reverb, and long keyboard squeals in a slow Hawkwind style. From there the trio takes a more immediately tripped-out and zoned approach than on I Ruined America, with Scott Grimm tackling more vocals, nearly always with some sort of effects laden over them, and his guitar work remaining the key focus of each song. The hazy zone of "Burned" feels as thick as the smoke the lyrics suggest, while the sprawling psychosis of songs like "Panoramic" suggest one hell of a bad trip all around. Meanwhile, "Gravity" provides a suitably epic conclusion with a lengthy progression of a song, half understandable words carried along by a blasting roll of a central riff, alternately soaring and straight-ahead crunchy. Both I Ruined America and The Spinning Dog ended up on a joint CD in Europe via the September Gurls label.