That Dog

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That Dog , 5/10
Totally Crushed Out , 6/10
Retreat From The Sun , 5/10
Imaginaryland , 5/10

(Translated from my original Italian text by Nicholas Green) (Clicka qua per la versione Italiana)

Los Angeles-based That Dog, featuring Anna Waronker (daughter of the president of one of the world's biggest record labels) on vocals, Petra Haden (daughter of jazz musician Charlie Haden) on violin, and Petra's twin sister Rachel on bass, are emblematic of how this matter of female-driven rock is more bourgeois than proletarian. After their debut double single (for Magnatone), the album That Dog (Geffen, 1993) showed off their skills at punk vignettes (Punk Rock Girl and Angel) and Wilson Phillips-style harmonies.

What could be the most over-rated girl-group of all time progressed towards a more personal sound on Totally Crushed Out (Geffen, 1995). Echoes of Pixies, Veruca Salt and Breeders lift several songs from their anonymous status, but only Lip Gloss

Retreat From The Sun (Geffen, 1997) is a poppier effort. The Hadens are set aside and Waronker takes example from the Go-Go's.

Imaginaryland (WIN, 1996) is Petra Haden's first solo album: she hums and vocalizes (no words, just sounds) her way through a series of intellectual covers. Bella Neurox (Win, 1999) was a collaboration with Miss Murgatroid. Petra Haden & Bill Frisell (2005) was a collaboration with guitarist Bill Frisell.

Anna (Five Foot Two, 2002) is Anna Waronker's solo album, and marks a return to a noisier and more aggressive sound.

Petra Haden's Sings: The Who Sell Out (Bar None, 2005) is an a-cappella album.

Ry Cooder produced the album that assembled all three of Charlie Haden's daughters (Petra, Rachel and Tanya): The Haden Triplets (Third Man, 2014).

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