Toy is the fourth record that A Giant Dog has released and it's the third one of theirs that I have picked up. Each time I buy one of their albums I think that I should go back and pick up their debut, but for some reason, I just never seem to remember to do that. Maybe this time I'll actually do it because for the third time in a row, I'm pretty bowled over by a record from this band.
A Giant Dog has this way of combining power pop and catchy hooks, a frantic Superchunk style energy, a little bit of a glammy swagger and the powerful lead vocals of Sabrina Ellis into an album that is so thoroughly fun and listenable it boggles the mind. A lot of the individual elements of the band would work in just about any situation, but when they merge together, I don't think there are many that would be able to pull this off.
Lyrics alone, saying something like "I wanna make you come if you can make me laugh" could just be the death of a band that was less confident and in control of their music. This is an album made by a collection of people that know their band is hot shit, but are still unafraid to let you into their world and show a little vulnerability. It's a hell of a record by a hell of a band.
A Giant Dog - Toy: