In 2007, Oxford trio, The Treat, have released their sophomore album, Phonography. This is the first Treat album that I have listened to, so I wasn’t sure what kind of sound to expect by this band. The Treat’s sound appears to be heavily influenced by 70′s hard rock. I can hear elements of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd in the music.
As you can tell by the song titles, the song writing on this disc is much more than just your typical subject matter of sex, drugs and rock and roll. This disc requires a few listens before you can fully absorb what you are hearing.
I struggled with some songs, and others proved to get a little better with successive plays. Make You Crawl, and Too Late, are my favorite cuts, but those were the only ones that I could truly get into.
There have been quite a few newer bands adopting a 70′s hard rock sound, including the Answer, Thieves and Liars, Glyder and Wolfmother. The Treat’s Phonography lacks the polish that so many of the newer classic sounding bands have. For this listener, quite a few of the tunes on Phonography sound too dated. For some people, this will not be a problem. 70′s die hard rock fans will certainly enjoy this disc a little more than I did.
The Treat shows potential with this release, but Phonography isn’t going to set the world on fire.
You can check out several of the cuts below. You can purchase Phonography, at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Fanfare For the King
2. Make You Crawl
3. The Deathday Parties
4. Bolivian Diary
7. Haitian Morning Dress
8. Too Late
9. Clutching At Jagged Glass
11. Black Cat Whites
13. Track 13
The Treat is:
Mike Hyder – Guitars/Lead Vocals
Dom Lash – Bass/Keyboards
David Hart – Drums