Pale White Dove is one of those albums that demands attention, Doug Burr’s apparent obscurity notwithstanding.
Despite several previous releases, Doug Burr toils in obscurity, a victim of unfortunate indifference and a lack of a larger platform from which to tout his skills. Nevertheless, Pale White Dove is one of those albums that demands attention in spite of Burr’s apparent obscurity. Nearly every song boasts an element of mystique, and though Burr never seems to hold to any one particular direction, the material makes a return encounter almost appear mandatory. While many of these entries rumble and shudder in a kind of terrifying boogie mode, the elusive intrigue of others -- “I Love to Hate You”, “From the City of the Bride” and “No Human Voice” among them -- begs further discovery. That said, the rollicking “Never Gonna Be Young Again” stands out as the most accessible song of the set, but it’s still but one reason why this Pale White Dove soars.