Dr. Dog has always been unapologetically retro, borrowing liberally from the best of '60s and '70s pop to fuel their own melodic masterworks. But they put on a slightly different face for last year's Fate, digging up nostalgia from an expanded range of territory.

Dr. Dog has always been unapologetically retro, borrowing liberally from the best of '60s and '70s pop to fuel their own melodic masterworks. But they put on a slightly different face for last year's Fate, digging up nostalgia from an expanded range of territory.

Take "The Old Days." It's ostensibly a retread of a retread, considering Dr. Dog already released a single called "My Old Ways." Instead, there's a raging punk song threatening to break out beneath the harmonic pop sheen.

And Toby Leaman's "Hang On" refrain, "I don't need no doctor to tear me all apart/ I just need you to mend my heart," could just as easily be Jeff Tweedy channeling The Band.

"Army of Ancients," on the other hand, is vintage Dr. Dog - killer orchestration, uplifting background vocals and passionate narration that's howled more than sung.

All of this might seem irrelevant to readers who reject such a blatantly backward-looking band on principle. But after watching them win over Little Brother's two years ago, it's hard to believe anybody would fail to succumb to this band's charms.