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Dalton - 2014 Pit Stop

ARTIST: Dalton
ALBUM: Pit Stop
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2014


LINEUP: Bo Lindmark - lead vocals * Mats Dahlberg - drums, backing vocals * Anders Lindmark - bass, backing vocals * Leif Westfahl - lead guitar, backing vocals * Ola Lindstrom - keyboards, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ready Or Not * 02 Hey You * 03 Don't Tell Me Lies * 04 Follow Your Dreams * 05 Up & Down * 06 Bad Love * 07 One Voice * 08 Here We Are * 09 Something For The Pain * 10 50/50 * 11 TGIF



Most of us here will remember this great Swedish band from the mid 80's. Two albums, then a brief retirement before resuming their career in the 90's as the band R.A.W. Their 1989 album 'Injection' remains a legacy of some very good melodic hard rock from that era, and it's one I still regularly play. So surprise to all of us that Dalton return to life in 2014. You just can't keep these Swedish bands down can you? Treat, Bad Habit, Alien, 220 Volt, Europe, Easy Action.. all still alive and kicking in the new century. The band have been picked up by Frontiers, after discovering there was still a lot of love for them across the Net and Social Media. Soundwise, they are not as big and brash as their booming sound from the 80's. These days they dabble in radio friendly hard rock. I'm thinking Gotthard and perhaps fellow Swiss rockers China; a little more emphasis on guitar, keeping things organic while pushing the keys to the side but not completely out of the way. There's no change in personnel either. Everyone has returned intact.

The Songs
Some top-tapping piano on the lead-off 'Ready Or Not' makes way for some AC/DC styled riffarama. The chorus is straight out of AccaDacca's parlour tricks for mine. Great start. The familiar keyboard strut from Ola Lindstrom returns for 'Hey You', added too are some shout-out gang-chants. The style from 'The Race Is On' and 'Injection' is there but the power kinda isn't. 'Don't Tell Me Lies' shifts into a medium paced rocker which touches the edge of ballad territory, while 'Follow Your Dreams' drops out into acoustic land, similar to some of the stuff that the Stage Dolls used to do. The chorus is very nice! This track is a definite winner.

Dalton get back to what they do, 'Up And Down' a sort-of tearaway rocker which hints at their past. So too 'Bad Love' which could be a bonus track from 'Injection'! 'One Voice' sees Dalton adopting a modern sound, which brings them very much into the present day. From here, the album kinda slides away with a couple of useful but innocuous songs which don't hold the attention. 'Thank God It's Friday' ends the album on a rabble-rousing note, in much the same way as the album started.

In Summary
Great to see the dalton boys back. It doesn't look as if they've lost anything after twenty plus years. All the songs are short, nothing over 5 minutes, but after a promising start, the consistency doesn't quite hold for the entire album. Still, a couple of good tracks with the stand-out being 'Follow Your Dreams'. There you have it.

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