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Pavlov's Dog


Crossover Prog

3.04 | 133 ratings

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2 stars A disappointing lacklustre effort after a stunning debut

After an astounding debut Pavlov's Dog had to follow up with something equally as great but had no hope with this effort. It doesn't hold a candle to the excellent debut though David Surkamp is in full voice and perhaps the best thing about this effort.

The melancholy atmospheres are not a treat as it feels so pop oriented and no guts or glory like the first album. When some of your key personnel scarper and leave you for dead, there is precious little you can do but carry on and hope for the best, and it does not have the magic of essential tracks such as Julia, or November.

None of the tracks jump out and bite my ears, and I had tuned in and out of this album many times and still cannot lock in to a particular favourite as the whole thing merges together like a canvas of oily paints running together. The palette of colours are washed out and the songs are a mediocre batch rather than brilliant and shining jewels.

Still I cannot coomplain as this cost me very little, as it was snapped out of a bargain bin, so nothing ventured nothing gained. The packaging is poor, no booklet and a bland front cover, the band really need to employ some artist or get hold of someone who knows how to package a Cd as this is just plain lazy.

In conlcusion At The Sound of The Bell is okay if you are in the mood for something lightweight but, unlike the glorious first album, and despite Surkamp's high amazing vibrato, this doesn't have enough power to knock the fluff off a peanut!

AtomicCrimsonRush | 2/5 |


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