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Pavlov's Dog


Crossover Prog

4.07 | 365 ratings

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4 stars Pampered or not - this dog is something really special ...

Yes - this album is a very short one indeed. But on the other hand very very impressive. The band, headed by David Surkamp, delivers nine compact songs, some with ballad character. We have wonderful melodies, a lot of Mellotron and diverse other instruments like violin and flute - additionally decent electric and acoustic guitars with some rare heavy rock exceptions. Difficult to categorize the band creates something very melancholic with a mix of symphonic, folk, rock, pop - doubtful being prog you might think if your listening to the album for the fist time. But when you're familiar with it this is no question anymore.

Initiated by a piano intro Julia probably might be the band's best known song - a ballad with mellotron background and flute - wonderful! And Surkamp's vocals of course - either you love or you hate it. But this band would not be PAVLOV'S DOG without his helium falsetto voice. No song lacks. Late November is very melodic and so melancholic. Song dance much heavier, rockier with nice violin contributions and an electric guitar solo. Matchez Trace contains a nice groove and Theme From Subway Sue comes very pathetic - Surkamp cries - he must have raved himself hoarse at the end of the song. I wonder how he was able to continue singing after recording this track - wow! The epic Of Once And Future Kings is something special for me delivering a symphonic orchestral mood. Interrupted by a boogie woogie interlude surprisingly this song is definetely my highlight. Probably because this one is prog pure.

I recommend to check out 'Pampered Menial'. It will enhance your musical horizon for sure ...

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