Wednesday 21 February 2018

Pavlov's Dog - At The Sound Of The Bell (1976)

The second album from this US band.

Pavlov's Dog was a sextet on this album with a lineup of mellotron, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, guitars and vocals.
Several guest musicians, including Bill Bruford and Michael Brecker, contributed with organ, drums, saxes, mandolin, string ensemble, child choir and vocals.

I really liked their 1975 debut album Pampered Menial. You can read my review here. That album is rightly regarded as a classic and really cemented this band's very good reputation.

So I had hopes for this album.

David Surkamp's vocals are again in focus and the trick is to see past these vocals. I am not a fan of these vocals, I have to admit.

The music here is much more songs and melody orientated than on their debut album. There is also a lot of commercial memorable hooks and pop choruses here. It is obvious that Elton John and Supertramp has been great inspirations for this album.

There are a lot of saxes and keyboards which gives this album an arena rock feel. Some of the music is still pretty quirky.

This album is thirty-five minutes long and it is not really a good album. It has some good moments though and I would rate it somewhere between decent and good. Check out this strange band.

2.5 points

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