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AT THE SOUND OF THE BELL

Pavlov's Dog

 

Crossover Prog

2.96 | 104 ratings

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clarke2001
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3 stars PAVLOV'S DOG album are difficult to rate, and this one is not an exception. It is impossible to compare it to the predecessor, "Pampered Menial". Those two albums are of the same quality.

Actually, no, they're not. Bot while the debut is coherent and homogeneous, "At The Sound Of The Bell" is generally weaker, but the highlights are much higher...when you do some math with the ratio and the balance, it turns the same.

The album opens with catchy "She Came Shining", which is nothing special really, but I just love 70s mainstream AOR rock sound. However, "Standing Here With You (Megan's Song)" is another lovely, high-quality ballad cooked with the same recipe like the ballads from the debut. I can hear some similarities with Elton John and Rod Stewart's THE FACES. Don't run away, I'm just trying to make some rough guidelines. But I guess it's impossible.

"She Breaks Like A Morning Sky" is silly uptempo jazz-pop-rock, with saxophone solo that slightly reminds me of BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS similar works.

The last two tracks are the peaks of the album: "Early Morning On" and "Did You See Him Cry". Here's the moment where band really shines: lovely chorus, complex piano passages in irregular time signatures (combined with some nice drum works) and absolutely mind-blowing Mellotron sound...compared to this, GENESIS' "Salmacis" sounds like a poo. I mean, sound-wise, not composing-wise.

Conclusion: no conclusion. I'm perfectly aware that this review is for from a perfect guideline for a potential PAVLOV's DOG listener. All I can say is: try it, if you don't like it, try the first album, if you don't like it neither, forget it.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |

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