Tranquilizers showcases a band comfortably hitting their stride, and it's a real delight to hear something that feels believably heartfelt. This comes after a first album which was neither lauded, nor scolded, but just lay in a weird middle ground of general apathy. Luckily, Transquilizers remedies any previous potential wrong-doings, as Dog Bite up their game completely.

The one real success here is that it's not like a long time has passed since the previous record; it was last year, and indeed less than a year, when we had our first taste of Dog Bite with Velvet Changes. There's serious development going on here, and the band's mix of dream pop-y, shoegaze-y, indie-rock feels polished and endearing. Personally, I have a real issue with dream pop that meanders around to the point of disjointedness (and ultimately, boredom), and so for Dog Bite to completely iron out all their issues in so short a space of time, full credit to them.

Coming from America, it's worth keeping an eye out for the various British influences which seem to rear their heads at various points on the album. 'We', the second track, has a really 90s brit-pop feel to the intro, which then changes drastically under a slowed down percussion line, which puts a new spin on the sound. By the time it finishes, you feel ready to put some Bob Marley on, and lose the rest of the day completely. There are echoes of The Smiths abound, although that may just be a genre hallmark cropping up. And then there's the wonderful track, 'Tuesday', which somehow bridges the gap between dream pop and Nirvana. 'Lady Queen' sits early on in the record, and is one of the tracks which will keep you coming back; it makes disinterestedness sexy, with a plodding, lo-fi guitar line which is matched by vocals that both seduce and disgust (in a good way, I promise).

'Wonder Dark' comes in at track number six, and unfortunately brings with it our first forgettable moment. It lays its foundations clear from the start, and doesn't deviate too far from its set path. This is unlike other tracks on Tranquilizers, which benefit from their exciting, spontaneous feel. 'Dream Feast' follows, and although it's a track the band have led with in promotion, I can't help but get the feeling it rather follows in the same vein as 'Wonder Dark', which is a bit of shame. It's just a track which doesn't seem to want to go anywhere, or really do enough with what it's got. Music like this should want to draw you in enough to then reward you with the nuanced undertones - this just doesn't happen at times on this record, but unfortunately for a small run of tracks this does.

'Royals' puts the album back on the right path. It's reminiscent of 'Lady Queen' with its sexy disinterestedness. It layers and builds upon itself, and lulls you along for its relatively short runtime. This last third of the album is just another area where Dog Bite completely nail it; with 'L'oisuea Storm', again, this layered approach to song writing rears its head, and pays off. It's something Dog Bite should take note of as one of their strengths, as they manage to pace the structure of tracks incredible well. Closer 'Rest Assured', throws a number of big, dirty synth lines at you, and with it ends the record on a high.

It's great to listen to this new Dog Bite who seem to be a lot more clued in to their own strengths. Tranquilizers is by no means a perfect record, but it is a record which shows that this is a band who have finally got the balance needed in their sound to create something arresting and fun.