In 2017 – bd Gottfried is an edgy, uncompromised writer releasing his 8th solo album entitled: Through The Dog’s Eyes – produced by Juno Winner Siegfried Meier. With airplay in over a dozen countries he continues to work in an unrestricted style with lyrical depth that will always take you on a journey.
Having a varied working background as a touring musician and session player. Working in the past with a vast array of artists such as Pino Palladino (Pete Townsend, John Mayer Trio). Breen Laboeuf (Celine Dion, April Wine). Greg Dechert (Bad Company, David Gilmour), to name a few. There really is too much to go into his background without dropping a lot more names, but if you just listen to any of his albums you can hear he’s of the same ilk as those he’s been working around all these decades. Through The Dog’s Eyes is drenched in quite the retro attitude with ongoing modern techniques from which it is also based. It takes you through the late 70s to the current landscape using everything that has come with it. You will find everything from hard to soft rock, along with techno aspects that keep it fresh and vibrant. One thing is clear by it all, and that is he is a force to reckon with.
It starts out smoothly with “Something You Weren’t” having an esoteric feel once the drums piledrive their way in through the intro and he gets past the first verse and into the chorus. This is rock ‘n roll but in the lighter, more pop laden sense. There is no absence of everything 80s here, but with a matured finish to it. The way he brings the old and new sounds together is excellently played. There is a backbeat to this that won’t quit, with the drums playing a strong role in the whole song. This is one of three tracks that take the cake for their extraordinary efforts in songwriting and playing shops. Another track worth a big mention is “Blame It On The Money” because it has the biggest sound of them all and it gets my vote for one of the said three tracks that take home the prize. This isn’t just some run of the mill cut, it’s fantastic in every way. It edges most of the other tracks because it musically and lyrically verges on perfection. If you want everything the artist can bring, this is where you’ll find it. The lyrics make it what it is, but not without a solid tune behind it. There’s a benchmark here and this song reaches it and then some. You feel the influences but also the originality that make this a great song. These influences range anywhere from David Bowie to Elton John and even some King Crimson can be detected, as well as Roxy Music, XTC Brian Eno and even some Eric Clapton. It doesn’t get much wider than that. “Eye Of Time” encapsulate all of them and more, with Todd Rundgren getting his influence in there. And those are only the highest of the high points to describe what the album has going for it. The latter being the most interesting and musically adventurous but not necessarily in front of the pecking order. The rest is supremely-sublime to go along with these awesome tracks.