Dogs In The Traffic Reviews


VOX--October, 1991
Love And Money, Dogs In The Traffic

(Fontana)
With the first three tracks on this third album, Love And Money go a considerable way to negating their historical flaws. "Johnny's Not Here," quite possibly their finest four minutes yet, is all clever intensity, taut build-up and measured chorus. Preceding, there are the mellow pleasures of "Winter;" after, the wily "My Love Lives In A Dead House." No more the funky aggravation, bluster and bluff of yore. At last James Grant has given up the jumpy soul boy persona, and indulged in some serious chillin'. Ultimately, the mood verges on the supine. Grant goes all Country maudlin on "You're Not The Only One," gets tired and emotional on "Lips Like Ether," and only the fiery tang of "Looking For Angeline" staves off total lethargy. For that, Dogs In The Traffic is relaxingly refreshing, gently evincing that this soft-on-the-ears lovelorn lark doesn't have to be flaccid pap.
(7 - out of 10) Craig McLean

Q--September, 1991 (Q60)
Love And Money, Dogs In The Traffic

(Fontana)
The Song may indeed be back, but for Glasgow's Love And Money, it never really went away, as they lavished attention on melody and lyrics in both previous offerings--1986's beautifully titled All You Need Is Love And Money, and 1988's Strange Kind Of Love--and now Dogs In The Traffic. The production and musicianship live up to the quality of the songs, and, almost audaciously, singer and songwriter James Grant is in possession of an almost faultless set of vocal cords. Further, Grant's pre-occupations (relationships, human frailty, loneliness) and his soulful warble are engaging. Jarringly, the 10 tracks aren't entirely new--despite the three-year break from the studio and protestations that the problem was what to leave out--since "Looking For Angeline" was available as a B-side in 1989. The nine new tracks here, though, are as melodic and thoughtful as Love And Money converts would expect, no doubt adding to their small army of devoted fans.
Q Rating: ***(out of 5). Reviewed By: Philip Thomas


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