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Pavlov's Dog


Crossover Prog

4.07 | 365 ratings

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3 stars Great musicians writing an album of seven standard rock tunes plus two short proggy songs totally a mere seven minutes of listening time hardly makes this 'progressive.' There are some engaging atmospheres and emotions particularly on "Julia" (7/10), what could have been a pretty decent radio hit, "Late November" (8/10), and the Southern rock/bluesy "Episode" (7/10). There follows three straight mediocre-at-best rock songs. The most 'proggy' this music gets is on the 1:38 instrumental "Preludin" (8/10) and with the 'medieval' instrumentation plus mellotron used in "Of Once and Future Kings" (8/10). "Kings" has a very odd second movement sounds more like something off of MEAT LOAF's Bat Out of Hell. The third movement returns to the slower, more emotionally engaging first form with some very proggy musicianship before devolving into a brief, softer, folkier section, which then revolves into a pretty decent albeit brief outro jam. Still, as stated in my opening, two somewhat proggy songs on a rock album hardly makes for a prog album. If this is prog then so are Sniff'n'the Tears, Tears for Fears, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Cockburn, Jane's Addiction, Molly Hatchet, and Blue Oyster Cult.
BrufordFreak | 3/5 |


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