A couple of years have past since the previous album from B.D. Gottfried (vocals, drums, keyboards) landed on my desk. And that was quite an enjoyable affair. And now Through The Dog’s Eyes has been released. Even when you might not be familiar with the name, Gottfried is a seasoned pro who has been around. His writing style is probably best described as pop / rock combined with often witty lyrics. In fact, I guess production wise this album rocks a tad more than before. But that extra bite only adds to the charm.
And charm this has in spades. Every song owns the ability to nest itself in your brain for you to hum along to. And while that might make you think that the songs are predictable and simple, they are not. Every track has an edge to it. A break, a non standard bridge, you name it. But the combination of all the used elements is just working. At least for me they are. From the opening track Something You Weren’t, to the should be a hit Blame It On The Money, to the suspense of Frequencies. Any of the 10 tracks on offer brings something to the table.
So it is safe to say that this is another album that the world should hear. Fingers crossed it is listening…
Much to my amazement this turns out to be the seventh release by this Canadian musician. Alas I have never heard of him before let alone his music. And I say “alas” deliberately because if this album is anything to go by, the music speaks volumes and will surely attract people that are into rock with influences from pop and prog. The result of that mix is an album that is very melodic and catchy, yet its elaborate arrangements will also appeal to people that like their music a bit more challenging. The quality is really high, but with some award winning names involved (Siegfried Meier) and being able to work from your own studio surely helps I guess. Also the art of of high calibre.
The music did remind me a bit of the Belgians of Fish On Friday. Or maybe a bit of Alan Parsons but with a far more rockier edge to it. Bill is not only the song writer, but also provides vocals, keyboards and drums. Help comes from Meier on backing vocals, guitars and bass, Dan Gottfried on drums and various others on guitar and bass. This is an album that can be played back to back easily. Very varied, and still the melodies are on the forefront. Most songs are fairly short (hence the pop reference) but there is never a dull moment.
So I find myself very impressed by this, and you will be too if you give it a try.