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Pavlov's Dog


Crossover Prog

4.07 | 365 ratings

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5 stars In my past reviews (I think there's about 3), I've been very generous with 5 star ratings. A little too generous, if you ask me. I don't know what anybody else would say, but personally, I've been too nice to bands.

Not here, folks. Every single star is awarded deservedly so. Why? Because this album is special to me.

No, there's no concept. No, there's not a song over about five and a half minutes. There's no crazy polyrythyms or 9/8 breakdowns. So, why, may you ask, is this simple album so close to this die-hard proghead's heart?

I don't think I could give you a specific answer. The album just works. It may not be the most complicated fare, but damn if I don't love it.

When I first heard 'Episode' on radio, the first thing that struck me was the vocals. No, I wasn't thinking "Ew", or "Where did his testicles go?". No, David Surkamp's voice struck me as unique. To this day, Episode's vocals sound very different than the rest of the album. I didn't even make a Geddy Lee comparison until someone pointed it out on PA.

To get to the point, however, this is my favourite album of all time, hands down. Every song on here is memorable, note-for-note- memorizingable, and what's more, equal. That's right, there's not a single bad song on the album. Not one. I would've said 'Song Dance' a while ago, but the guitar solo is absolutely eargasmic. I first listened to Pampered Menial on a car ride through the mountains in late summer/ early fall. The music suited the rainy mood perfectly, and anytime I listen to this album, I'm taken places. It really is a great feeling.

I'm not one to bore you with a track by track analysis. If you like the sample for 'Late November', you're going to love this album. If you don't like 'Late November', listen to it again. Listen to it until you like it. While Pavlov's Dog may not be for everyone, I think that everyone should see for themselves.

Leningrad | 5/5 |


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