Back in the day when Smog gathered clutter and clash in JULIUS CAESAR, not only would I never suspect the beauty and sound of DOCTOR CAME AT DAWN, but even when first listening to it, did I ever suspect that this would wind up one of my favorites of all time. One of the saddest epics, if not THE, of the 90s, DOCTOR walks around thoroughly modern scenes of loss and desolation. Anyone who has ever experienced the mating ritual of the 90s, you get together and because you both can't make rent on a nice place alone, you shack up, and not long after, it all falls apart. You will find a friend in this album. Starting with this theme in the opening track, YOU MOVED IN, Smog looks at the world through different pairs of the saddest eyes but never wallows in the dirt. I don't think Smog has done anything close to this since. Others disagree and wave off this album as too depressing, more into the last couple of records (the mediocre RED APPLE FALLS and KNOCK KNOCK) but to me, those albums reminds me of many singer/songwriters coming out in the late 60s and 70s. Once you get into the mid-70s, these singers who had such great songs and simple productions on their early albums, start to try and do different things with each song on their later records and forget that they are making an album (ALBUM--like collection). That lap steel on the recent ventures, for instance, what is that? Cash in on the Palace/alterna-country thang? DOCTOR is simply perfect and one of the best that the 90s had to offer--saying alot as it was a great decade for music--as usual. Moments created in SPREAD YOUR BLOODY WINGS and CARMELITE LIGHT are so unique sound and lyric-wise. SPREAD YOUR BLOODY WINGS is like a surrealist poem! And I'm not saying that lightly! To sum it up, Smog captures the stupidity and sadness of 20-something youth in the 90s.