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OCTOBER 17 2014



Tracklisting: Ready Or Not; Hey You; Don't Tell Me Lies; Follow Your Dreams; Up & Down; Bad Love; One Voice; Here We Are; Something For The Pain; 50/50; TGIF.


At one point in time in the late eighties Dalton were poised for greatness but like so many Rock bands of the age Cobain and Co did for them. Splitting soon after now 25 years after their debut release the original line up is back with ‘Pit Stop’.  


Listening to Pit Stop you really feel like the 25 year gap has been an illusion, opener ‘Ready Or Not’ offers a slick Melodic Rock hit, and ‘Hey You’ that follows dials up the Melody and keys. Pit Stop is in truth a great feel-good Melodic Rock record, made up of repolished demos for the bands unfinished third album and a heap of new songs.


It’s the lighter songs though, that show the depth and quality here with 'Don't Tell Me Lies' and the acoustic-led 'Follow Your Dreams' simply shining in a slick 80’s AOR way.   


The second half of the album is just as good if you are a fan of that real eighties Melodic Rock sound: ‘Up & Down’ is infectious, if a little cheesy, but really that’s just a part of the charm on this release.  ‘Bad Love’ really comes to life with a groovier harder feel balanced by some huge backing vocals and one of the best solos on the album.


We close in just as fine form with the slightly corny call to arms of ‘One Voice’; the sweeping ballad ‘Here We Are’ and the swaggering rocker ‘Something For the Pain’; before the smooth and catchy ‘5050’ cuts in and ‘TGIF’ completes what is a highly recommended album, the wau Melodic Rock used to be.


The best AOR we’ve heard all year, 12 great tracks that transport you back in time: this will take some beating…

Bo Lindmark - lead vocals
Mats Dahlberg - drums, backing vocals
Anders Lindmark - bass, backing vocals
Leif Westfahl - lead guitar, backing vocals



by Mark Rockpit