Artful Dodger - Honor Among Thieves - Columbia 1976

Artful Dodger - Honor Among Thieves - front cover

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Artful Dodger - Honor Among Thieves - rear cover

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Music - 5 stars

The heart of Artful Dodger's approach is not spectacular displays of technical perfection, but a constantly percolating creative engine which allows every song the ability to evolve it's own personality.

"Honor Among Thieves" is an album of tough guitar rock. Air Guitar rockers will love this record. The solos are neat, tuneful, and have an uncanny ability to be an integrative part of a tune rather than an adjunct to it.

Of course, the first rate ballads are here, and the band has a solid workout with Little Richard's "I Hear You Knockin".

It's both difficult and sad to ponder the reasons Artful Dodger had so minimal commercial success, since they were one of the most vibrant and creative rock groups of the 1970's.