Dogstar - Our Little Visionary - Review
Keanu Reeves' band is sure to go a lot farther than Johnny Depp's band, but he shouldn't burn his Screen Actors' Guild card just yet. Even if Dogstar is simply a vanity project for Reeves, at least he's picked a band with some merit far beyond the metalhead ambitions of his character in the "Bill and Ted" films.
Most of the attention to this point has, of course, focused on Reeves, which is good only in that bass players need to play the star every now and then.
If he's packing in the fans, hopefully singer-guitarist-songwriter Bret Domrose is winning their loyalty.
An engaging singer, Domrose has written 11 pop songs that stand quite firmly on their own. It's easy to critique this band on every aspect other than the music, but that's where Dogstar wins -- the music is good.
Domrose calls Dogstar's sound "a little harder than Live or Seven Mary Three," and he's right. When they cover Badfinger's classic "No Matter What," it's not an anomaly at all.
Domrose seems immensely talented and definitely one to watch, whether Dogstar holds together or not. His vocals are stylized without being slurred and pretentious, and his songs are very well-crafted (the back-to-back songs "The History Light" and "Honesty Anyway" illustrate his amazing range). And Reeves is not a bad bass player. This debut disc is very nearly an excellent adventure. (Sorry!)