Dale Brown - Beware Of Dogs

Published Tuesday 21st August 2007
Dale Brown - Beware Of Dogs
Dale Brown - Beware Of Dogs

STYLE: Blues
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 29097-12913
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

I was enjoying the easygoing amalgam of Dylan/Clapton-influenced acoustic blues and folk on one of no less than three CDs released by Dale Brown this year, but then I came to the song which is closest to being its title track. Dale perhaps intended "Mahound Dog" as a light-hearted jibe at the Satanic Verses furore, suicide bombers and other aspects of Islamist extremism, but from its title onwards it comes across as an offensive rant against all Muslims, their faith and their culture, which offers nothing positive from a Christian standpoint. I can see no justification for the inclusion of this song, whatever the worst excesses Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and other misguided so-called fundamentalists. In the current climate we need to engage with those of other faiths by demonstrating sensitivity and Christian love, rather than by going aggressively on the offensive ourselves, and just trashing others' belief systems. On other tracks, Dale complements his blues guitar skills with his wry sense of humour to much better effect, but unless the unguarded polemic of "Mahound Dog" is expunged, 'Beware Of Dogs' is not an album which I would endorse.

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Reader Comments

Posted by FRED RODOLF in VALDEZ, ALASKA @ 01:22 on Sep 9 2007

Mr. Dilley, I find your rant about "Mahound Dog" to be not only offensive, but also very naive. The Koran is very clear as to, what you do to "infidels". We all better wake up, before it is too late.

Posted by Dennis Feten in Port Townsend Washington @ 02:48 on Sep 6 2007

Islam is probably the greatest threat to world peace in our time. The Muslims when in the majority and control not only persecute those of other faiths, but their fellows as well. It really is not a religion of peace but of violence. Fortunately there are many who follow that faith who do not fully understand or embrace the tenets of the Koran.

I find it refreshing that someone has the courage to speak out about this in whatever form it may take. Love has two sides to it.

Warniing someone that their house is on fire is a good thing.

Posted by Karen L. Brahs in Donnelly, Idaho @ 21:22 on Sep 5 2007

Sorry, Mr. Dilley, but I found your review of Dale Brown's song, "Mahound Dog", to be inaccurate and at the least, offensive to Christians who are fighting the good fight, as I personally know Dale is. Perhaps your "itching ears" want to hear something else? Something a lilttle milder, a little less condemning, or perhaps a little more politcally correct? Persecution comes in various disguises, as you have so eloquently revealed, yet you claim to be a Christian. I would strongly recommend you re-examine your position on what is so evidently occuring around the world in regard to Islam, especially in your own country.

"And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not." Malachi 3:18

Posted by Robert Smith in Poulsbo, Wa @ 09:44 on Sep 5 2007

I find it sad that we live in a day when the truth becomes offensive. I find not a rant, but rather a careful challenge in musical form to address the truth in a day when truth is asked to be dismissed as unnecessary. Better to address the the truth than to fidel while Rome burns.

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