How about we just call it what it is ... they are two completely different bands. Apples and Oranges my friend:)
The Bell and the Hammer is definitely one of my top 10 all time favorite records.. And sure a follow up would have been nice... but.. holy crap is TROK good. I feel like TROK has allowed the guys as musicians to be a little more showy.. with TROK we are able to witness their talents to an extreme measure. I feel the sound is much more distinctive.. in that before you could say this day and age sounds like this or that band.. but TROK. I feel like they hold a little more of their own. It's a little tougher to compare them to bands of the current scene.
I'm very much content with the break up. And like others have said.. the jeff martin/steven padin split helped soothe that hole in me longing for some new TD&A