Most of Alpha Dog's music is film composer Aaron Zigman slumming with tracks that bite from Beck, Cali hardcore, Audioslave and contemporary R&B. And like a nerd trying to fit in, Zigman's attempts at writing "what the kids listen to" are glaringly bad. If the lowlife hedonists and party girls that populate Alpha Dog put this shit on at a party, you'd be like, "WTF?" no matter how much drugs they offered you. Fortunately, Tech N9ne is along for the ride with four tunes. Kansas City's favorite son saves Alpha Dog with the horror-rap vamp "Slither" and "Caribou Lou," named for the cocktail but victorious in Tech's description of what the drink makes you do. "Make baby girl come/Out of her shell and raise hell/Don't stop till the cops come ..."
Johnny Loftus is the music editor of Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.