Leonard The DogALBUM:
Day By DayLABEL:
Thirteenth Step RecordsSERIAL:
1989COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: LINEUP:
Daniel Enrico - lead vocals. guitar * Andy Enrico - lead guitar, vocals * Noel Warrende - bass, vocals * Doug McGrew - percussion, vocals * Brenda Olson - guest backing vocals * Jeffery Olson - guest keyboards & sequencing * The Bodacious Tones - guest gang vocalsTRACK LISTING:
01 Day By Day * 02 Rough Boy * 03 Fool In Love * 04 Can't Live Without You * 05 Sea Of Life * 06 Lookin' Good * 07 Tough Love * 08 Ya Make Me Feel So Good * 09 The Shadow * 10 Sooner Or Later * 11 Dead End Street
A very unusual offering from this Pacific Northwest outfit with the dopey name. Yes Leonard The Dog maybe a humourous title, but this lot are AOR applied 100%. Released in 1989, LTD touch all sorts of AOR crossroads. I'll drop in references such as the Paul Godfrey Band
and Christian AORsters Lost And Found
. Lead singer Dan Enrico probably isn't an out-and-out AOR specialist, but when the female vocals of Brenda Olson are added, it sounds pretty reasonable. Olson comes across like Celeste Alexander from the Paul Godfrey Band
. The star of the show is guitarist Andy Enrico, who's six-string delivery makes this totally acceptable for readers of this website. I'm wondering whether this band have a CCM background, because of the lyrical content? Don't know really, as there is very little on them on the Net.
Check the immense start to the title track 'Day By Day'. Musically this ticks all the boxes; strong guitars, keys everywhere and good tandem vocals between Daniel and Brenda. Yes, 'Rough Boy' is as tough as it sounds, some good parts here, 'Fool In Love' is a borderline power ballad, but things improve for the racy 'Can't Live Without U', my pick for best song on the album. Shall we pass on 'Sea Of Life"? Not my cup of tea unfortunately, it's played in a reggae style and holds novelty value only. LTD return to their fluid AOR thanks to 'Lookin' Good', another in the vein of Paul Godfrey Band
. There's some big synths announcing the arrival of 'Tough Love', pretty good effort overall, while 'Ya Make Me Feel So Good' is a doppelganger for stuff found on the Mark Allen Band
's '6 Interlocking Pieces' CD. As per the title, 'The Shadow' is a dark and brooding affair, sort of like an AOR track for Marvel Comics, though the lyrics relates to anyone taking the dark path of life. The last two tracks 'Sooner Or Later' and 'Dead-End Street' are spirited pop/rockers, though the latter is an obvious attempt at advertising the fact that drugs are bad for us.
For sure, this is a very melodic and AOR oriented album, though we've heard nothing from Leonard The Dog beyond this one album. A welcome inspection is warranted.
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