The album opens with "The Wrong Light", a dirty blues groove that makes more than one appearance on the record. That blues sound dovetails with the sweet twang of the country rocker "Mercy" and the thoughtful southern lament of "Your Side of Town".
Anderson and company show a sharp sense of humour in their songwriting. Nowhere is that more obvious than on the irresistible "My Baby's a Wrecking Ball". The gritty "Sirens and Thunder" provides a great sing-along for the next time you're barreling down a gravel road in your pick-up truck.
When the tempo slows it does become harder to enjoy the album. The eponymous "Kasey Anderson's Dream", for instance, is almost atonal. "My Blues, My Love" is a similarly dull experience.
They even wrap every up nice and tight with a rollicking cover of The English Beat's "Save It For Later".
Best tracks: "Mercy", "My Baby's a Wrecking Ball"
Track listing for Heart of a Dog:
- The Wrong Light
- Exit Ghost
- Your Side of Town
- Sirens and Thunder
- Kasey Anderson's Dream
- My Blues, My Love
- My Baby's a Wrecking Ball
- Revisionist History Blues
- For Anyone
- Save It For Later
7.5/10Kasey Anderson's website