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Leonard The Dog - 1989 Day By Day
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on August 25 2013, In 1989 Articles , 4 Comments , 2353 Reads , Print

ARTIST: Leonard The Dog
ALBUM: Day By Day
LABEL: Thirteenth Step Records
YEAR: 1989


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 vocals

TRACK 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.

The Songs
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.

In Summary
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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#1 | gdazegod on August 25 2013 07:55:37
#2 | kim_hp on August 26 2013 08:14:38
You are right George, this is a strange album. A few tracks show potential, but overall it's pretty average. Cool cover art though..
#3 | gdazegod on August 26 2013 12:05:42
I like it funnily enough Kim.. but that's me.. lol!
#4 | super80boy on March 30 2014 19:57:05
This is quite a rare album to track down. I happen to own the vinyl version, which has silver coloring where the red color is on the CD version. Anyway, this foursome put together a satisfying set of AOR melodic rock. A couple of goofy songs aside, I liked the guitar and keyboard work and the vocalist held his own for an all out independent offering. The female backing vocals on some tracks add a nice touch to the overall harmonies. Standout Cuts – ‘Day By Day’, ‘Can’t Live Without You’, ‘Lookin Good’, ‘Tough Love’ and the hard rocking ‘Sooner Or Later’.
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