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Dope Body
Natural History - DRAG CITY
FILTER Grade: 84%

By Jon Falcone on May 23, 2012


Dope Body

Dope Body is a Baltimore four-piece with a slew of low, sludgy, heavy, depressed grunge anthems under its belt. For all these negative adjectives, Natural History is an invigorating listen, which may say as much about today as it does about the band. When frontman Andrew Laumman quips, “I’m just talking shit,” after the rousing chorus of “Do what you wanna do / See what you wanna see / Go where you wanna go” (“Road Dog”), you can’t help but chuckle. It’s like Queens of the Stone Age if they actually were stoners. “Beat” then follows with the Henry Rollins spittle of “Hey, you talking to me? / I didn’t think so.” Throughout, the album spends 40 minutes just begging for a fight before collapsing in “Lazy Slave” with a final decree of “I have contemplated suicide / All the time,” before malfunctioning fireworks of noise crash out everywhere. Heavy, in every respect. 

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