Lake, Vol. 2

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Lake was one of the great unknown bands of the 1970s. The group combined strong pop melodies with definite progressive rock-oriented arrangements. This album, obviously the group's second, features a lot of different textures. From the pop/rock-oriented "Welcome to the West" to the Elton Johnish ballad "Love's a Jailer," this entire album is a treat. Although the majority of the disc is in a definite singalong sort of pop style, there are still some quite meaty instrumental sections that lead to the progressive rock reference. The music here is quite strong prog-oriented pop with a very unique guitar sound, and the vocals seem to call to mind a combination of Journey's Steve Perry and Yes' Jon Anderson.

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