Artful Dodger had a four album career in the mid-70s; this was their second album, and the only legally available title in their small, but nifty catalogue. Lead vocalist Garry Herrewig had an appealling, rough-throated voice somewhere between Rod Stewart and Chris Norman of Smokie. Artful Dodger played guitar-orientated power pop, thrillingly so on this album, but there is also a fine ballad called 'Scream' that lingers long in the memory. I beleive that they were managed by the same team that managed Aerosmith, and may well have toured with them in the USA, but they weren't rocking enough for the hard rock crowd, and too hard for the teenies. They could craft songs, though, and play them well, and their pretty boy looks snagged some coverage in the press, Stateside at least. This is as fine an album as, say, The Raspberries 'Starting Over' or 'Side Three', commercial songs with a crunchy layering of rock guitars, well manicured by producer Jack Douglas (who did a great job around this time on the Cheap Trick debut album, with which this bears positive comparison). The debut Artful Dodger album is a bit more 'produced', less combo orientated, and their third, 'Babes on Broadway' isn't all that good. I've never heard their fourth (on Arista - the others were on CBS / Columbia, so I'd rate 'Honor (excuse the US spelling) Amongst Thieves' as their best, and well worth acquiring if you're a fan of 70's power pop (Big Star, Raspberries, Cheap Trick, The Cars) - and if not, why not?