Dogwood - Building A Better Me (Cover Artwork)


Dogwood: Building A Better MeBuilding A Better Me (2000)
Tooth & Nail Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: RockRock
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If you have never heard of the band Dogwood you are definetely missing out on ear popping guitar riffs and loud and obnoxious music. To me they sound a lot like Alkaline Trio. The bass guitar is almost a heavy low sound that grinds into the speakers and cuts into your nerves. Then it pr.

If you have never heard of the band Dogwood you are definetely missing out on ear popping guitar riffs and loud and obnoxious music. To me they sound a lot like Alkaline Trio. The bass guitar is almost a heavy low sound that grinds into the speakers and cuts into your nerves. Then it proceeds to shatter the windshield in your piece of crap car. They are actually a Christian punk band thats full of meaningful lyrics and sing a long choruses.

The best songs on this full-length album are; "The Good Times," which starts off without a bass guitar or drums which is really cool. Then about ten seconds later it breaks out rockin hard. The other song that really stands out is, "Building A Better Me." The chorus will knock your socks off and make you sing to it when your listening. The last song that I would like to mention is my favorite song on the album and I suggest you at least download it as soon as you see this. It is called, "Comes Crashing." Wow!!!!!! That pretty much sums that up. Basically this song goes back to what I said about the guitar riffs. it almost makes you feel like your whole body is viabrating.

The only thing that I see in this album that could actually annoy someone is the lead singer, Josh Kembles voice. It is hard to describe something like this, but his voice is very aggressive and scratchy. Thats right scratchy. The funny part about this though is he definitely pulls this off in a big way. With the album being what it is, and the band doing what they do all I can say is get your ass to the nearest cd store, pick this up and do me one favor. Enjoy!!!


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Anonymous (August 3, 2005)

The review is fine...you guys complain too much..and the album is not that bad...and just because a band is christian does not automatically make them bad...there are some good ones out there...

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

dude you need to do a new review man, this one is getting lame. blunt311

Anonymous (December 6, 2001)

I will stop the world and melt with you, PLease help me I don't want to melt. ugghhhhhh duggghhhhh jugghhhh. Oh yeah baby I like it, harder, please do me up the ass. please pleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleas epleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplea sepleasepleasepleaseplease

Anonymous (October 31, 2001)

light bulbs or poker they are dogs not cats. dumbass

Anonymous (October 31, 2001)

You retard the cats arn't fighting, they are playing poker. Duh i thought everybody new that.

Anonymous (October 29, 2001)

If you look at the cover while stoned it looks like two cats fighting over a light bulb. its crazy

Rock (October 23, 2001)

Number one im tired of arguing with everyone. Its bullshit. Anyway this is my first review you dumbass im pretty sure a lot of people have trouble when they first start out. Oh yeah have you ever heard of mxpx. Cause they are one of the best Christian bands. Just thought i would let you know that you missed a badass band. Do you listen to music?

Anarchy_Adam (October 23, 2001)

Radiohead is a wicked band. Far more original, and listenable than this shit. Dogwood is terrible. I really have troubles getting into christian music. I don't give a shit about the whole "god" thing. They're entitled to their opinions. What I really care about is the whole "Lack of balls" thing. The only really good christian bands I've been able to find are off the record, frodus, and... Well... Thats about it. If anybody can recommend some more, I'm open for suggestion. I'm also open to no more reviews by "rock," or some serious work on the whole proofreading before submitting thing.

coldjuly (October 17, 2001)

Well, The thing is...we have all written really shitty reviews..when I first started writing reviews on this site..they sucked hard! Im not a bad writer, but I had never written a music review before. Hell, its not like there are books to study up on it. You improve with time...You just need to learn what to put in a review, and how to put it. Hell It's all cool...look at my reviews and see just how many make you wanna gag:)

Anonymous (October 17, 2001)

Fathead you're so silly! Dogwood still sucks and this still looks like a retarded eigth grader wrote it.

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

WE need peace and harmony in an insecure world, I want you guys to be kind towards eachother like two flying doves on a sunny day. Please no more fighting it is tearing us apart. I wish you guys could love eachother as much as I love you. Please be kind, For me!!!
- fathead

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

that could be the problem is what i meant-rock

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

yea i did write it at work and i have to talk to people on the phone at the same time so that could be fathead

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

this review sounds like it was written by a third grader in the 'slow' classes. no offense rock.- fathead

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

Rock you are an Uncle Tom if i have ever seen one. Admit you hate whitey. Not one white boy has ever done anything to help us out. Screw them!!!

Rock (October 16, 2001)

Huh riggggghhhhhht

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

Kill Whitey, all you white boys suck ass. Bow to the black God!!!!

Rock (October 16, 2001)

anyway i think its pretty pointless that people argue about things other than the subject presented. like saying your gay you should die. that kinda shit is worthless. So i would appreciate it if you "grow up." Im gonna stop bitchin. AND ALSO VERY IMPORTANT: IM NOT GONNA SINGLE OUT A PERSON ANYMORE. I THINK THAT IS GAY. I RESPECT EVERYONES OPINIONS AND IM GLAD THAT PEOPLE CRITIZE MY REVIEW BECAUSE THAT JUST MAKES ME IMPROVE. THAT IS ALL

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

Oh man that hurt so bad, I apoligize for everything. Yeah Right!!! - blunt311

Rock (October 16, 2001)

Im not your undergarment dude

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

thats a big negatory brah. faggot.

Rock (October 16, 2001)

Your done talking

Anonymous (October 16, 2001)

Rock. Everytime you post you establish a new level of stupidity perhaps even lower than your original review. please die.

Anonymous (October 15, 2001)

blunt311 is dumb

Rock (October 15, 2001)

Radiohead???????? Last time I checked I'm pretty sure they werent even close to being punk music. Get your radiohead bullshit outta this "punk" site you dumbass. Radiohead is horrible.

coldjuly (October 15, 2001)

Ahhh who gives a fuck about spell check...We can all make out the words he's saying, no big deal

Anonymous (October 15, 2001)

you all have reached the pinnacle of stupidity. congratulations. - fathead

Anonymous (October 14, 2001)

bro u listen to Jesus Music... People should stop you from talking/breathing. Besides we all know Jesus would listen Radiohead. not Fagwood.

Rock (October 14, 2001)

Glad you came in here and the most important thing you have to say is, "there is a spell check on most computers." Yea well there is also something called a life, and maybe you should look into. Thank You. oops forgot to spell check

Anonymous (October 14, 2001)

hey buddy - spellcheck is on most computers.

blunt311 (October 14, 2001)

hey if you guys have a problem problem with this why don't you start posting your own reviews instead of being dumasses without the balls to post your own thoughts. People have their own ideas let them be and lets read your crapp ass reviews.

Anonymous (October 14, 2001)

this is to the guy who said the reviewer should be murdered-how bout you cut your balls off and do us all a favor

coldjuly (October 14, 2001)

Ummm thanks I guess.

Anonymous (October 13, 2001)

You should be murdered for liking this band or your worthless review. Your choice brah - what would Jesus Do?

Anonymous (October 13, 2001)


it seems quite obvious to me that the "editor from rollng stone" is making a point through sarcasm but youre all so fucking stupid that someone like me has to come and explain it to you. The review was crap. "It starts off without bass and drums which is cool". you cant make someone like a song by giving a blow by blow account. funnily enough, i agree that thee good times and BABM are the 2 best songs on the album but there are ways and ways of saying things. chrsitian punk = oxymoron? if so then so is sxe hcore. why cant punks have morals, dickhead? although christian metal, maybe. i read somewhere on the prop site that christian metal = nazi reggae.

thats all for now.

Rock (October 12, 2001)

So I came in hear and realized that some of these dumbasses think i smoke crack. Well anyway the point is i need to straighten up some things. Dogwood doesnt sound like Alkaline Trio. What i was tring to say is how similar the bass guitars are. The heavy low sound is what i found was similar. If you dont think so then I feel sorry for your ability to not catch the obvious. Now to the singers voice which does sound a bit weird. Maybe at the time I thought "scratchy" but now that i think about it its not really. Just very different. By the way my respect goes to "coldjuly." You write fuckin awesome reviews. Pretty much that is it exept this band will blow you away when you hear them. So all you people that think they suck go back to your blink 182 and other bull shit.

Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

this album definately rocks. i dont really see the comparison to the alkaline trio but whatever. this cd is really good, download some songs from them or pick up their album.

Jesus rocks

Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

i don't know shit about Dogwood, but i must say that the comments below are really, really funny.- fathead

Anonymous (October 12, 2001)

haha, editor for rolling stone? And this is the "best written review you have EVER seen...in a long time?" that doesn't make much sense...but then again, Rolling Stone...it's not like they know anything about music anyway....oh yeah, and Dogwood sucks... don't even compare them to alkaline trio...i have the feeling you don't listen to a lot of music...but you'd fit right in with the people at rolling stone...rok

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Rolling Stones my ass you lie!!

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

This is the best written review I have seen in a long time. I'm an editor for Rolling Stone and I really agree with your thoughts and Ideas. Write me if you have any more ideas, we are always looking for more talent. I e-mailed you my adress so let me know if you have an interest in writing.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

alkaline trio sucks and so do all of you!!!!!!

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

this cd is the shiznit biznich
shizza ma nizza gizza dizza

blunt311 (October 11, 2001)

Puff the magic dragon lived by the sea

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Whoa man puff the chiva and this is what happens. say nope to dope should be the name of this article. If you puff you lose, don't forget that man.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Dude nice review! I honestly dont see what is wrong with it exept the fact that his voice isnt really scratchy just different that most. I recommend this album to everyone. Lastly i kinda see where you got alkaline trio out of this with the bass guitar sounding quite a bit a like. Very good album.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Man you be Nutz, no one of us tinks dat they sound like A3. Be nutz all you want, don be jacking up other groups. Youd be tinking of somtin else if I was in dat woom wit ya. I be da one you lookin fore. right a wittle bit bedda next dime.

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

this is a very good album. nuff said

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Dude that was a crazy review you wrote, not bad

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

Dogwood is such a good band. Ignore the review if you dont like it... just listen to them! The Good Times is a good song, but you all should listen to Label Me. And his voice aint scratchy! What the hell?

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

christian punk? is that an oxymoron?

coldjuly (October 11, 2001)

Alkaline Trio??? what the hell? This sounds nothing like A3. Man whatever you've been drinking cut back on it :)

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

I haven't heard this album, but the only thing that may annoy people about this album is the guy's voice? that's a pretty big "only".

Anonymous (October 11, 2001)

I don't know anything about this CD, but that was a pretty bad review.

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