Maybe I am wrong, but to me this album is the most important comeback of recent years - after long, long silence mesmerizing voice and music of David Surkamp is back in full glory. The album, dedicated to the memory of Siegfried Carver (see Has Anyone Here Seen Siegfried) is the most important work of Surkamp, far superior to his previous solo album -Dancing on the Edge of a Teacup, and the next step from legendary "Pampered Menial". It is not furious madness anymore, but mature versatile sadness, reaching symphonic apocalyptic heights. Crystal clear voice of snake charmer is still there, and the music is heart breaking. "Pavlov's Dog" from the very beginning remains cornerstone of psychedelia/progressive, and is a unique band. From his first recording with "Touch" (Street Suite) I do admire David Surkamp. The music doesn't need words - listen to the samples, and decide for yourself. Don't forget to buy the first live album of the band - Live & Unleashed, an incredible testimony of "Pavlov's Dog" touring in Europe. The best live album of 2010 - to me at least.
If you can think of Geddy Lee singing more streamlined rock and ballads with 100lbs of vibrato on his voice, that is how Pavlov's Dog sounds.
Which is not the nightmare you may think: true, the singers voice is pungent and jarring--you'll never mistake him for anyone, not even Geddy Lee--but this music is soaked in mellotron, an instrument used in art rock to sound like strings before synthesizers could do this job.
This is extremely well-written, full with a balanced sound quality. That is enough to buffer the singers voice. If you have a hard time listening at first, you'll find the vocals will assimilate well into the huge production of the music.
Only in the 1970s could this happen, but hearing it now is worth the effort