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Pavlov's Dog


Crossover Prog

3.04 | 133 ratings

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4 stars After being totally mesmerized by the band's debut album it wasn't long until I got my hands on their follow up release.

At The Sound of the Bell has a couple of truly great compositions, too bad that the overall material quality is not on par with Pampered Menial. Still this album features two of Pavlov's Dog's most progressive compositions which are also album's biggest highlights. Both Valkerie and Did You See Him Cry start off as beautiful instrumental pieces that eventually transform into mini prog-epics. The rest of the album is just not as spectacular which probably had to do with the transitional phase that the band was going through at the time. In a way, it almost sounds like an early '80s Genesis record where the band have not yet abandoned their progressive tendencies but most of the music is pretty pop-oriented.

This sophomore release by Pavlov's Dog might not be the masterpiece I was expecting it to be but at the same time I feel that the criticism it has received is somewhat unjust. The two progressive compositions are well worth hearing if you're a fan of the debut album.

***** star songs: Valkerie (5:22) Did You See Him Cry (5:36)

**** star songs: She Came Shining (4:24) Standing Here With You (3:47) Mersey (3:03) Try To Hang On (2:08) Gold Nuggets (3:25) She Breaks Like A Morning Sky (2:22)

*** star songs: Early Morning On (3:21)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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