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Blind Alley
July 2007
Released: 2007, Perris Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Chaosankh

With a nice blend of AOR/Melodic Rock and a few hints of prog, Sweden’s Blind Alley offers their third release DESTINATION DESTINY. Furthering the sound of seventies/eighties era melodic rock classics, such as, Toto, Styx, and Asia, this record offers a modernized production similar to the recent outputs of the prog rock band, Enchant. Instantly memorable choruses, tight and compact playing by the entire band, and a crisp production, make this a smooth and enjoyable splash of hard rock.

Opening with three stellar cuts, “Voices,” “Another Day,” and “Until I See,” the album starts off with some of its edgiest guitar riffs and best hooks. A nice blend of clean and distorted guitars with some high-quality electronic sounding keyboards provide the foundation that these songs are built on. Big harmony choruses reminiscent of Styx at their peak give the listener something to latch onto and you will likely be singing along by the time the second chorus arrives. Although the arrangements are compact and the songs are short, each of these first three cuts offers a lot of variety within their three or four minutes of time.

The album kind of loses focus and a little virility in the middle, though, as many of the songs get to be a little too bubble gum. “Fire and Ice” is a saccharine, sweet song with a fruity, eighties rock hook that, while memorable, is just too fluffy. The same can be said for cuts like “Talk of the Town” and “Take Me Up.” Thankfully, though, they rebound from these three tracks and wrap up the album with a nice blend of mid-tempo and up-tempo rockers, along with one ballad that works well.

Musically, these guys are very solid, and they have a nice understanding of the dynamics needed for crafting powerful and memorable songs. The guitar playing is excellent throughout the record, offering many impassioned solos. Even though, a few of the songs drift a little too much in the shallow end of the pool, the deeper sounding songs still make this an album worthy of attention from anyone who likes hard-edged, melodic music.
Track Listing

1. Voices
2. Another Day
3. Until I See
4. Silhouette
5. Fire and Ice
6. Talk of the Town
7. Take Me Up
8. Won’t Touch Ground
9. The One to Never Know
10. I Cannot Fight
11. Stone Cold Eyes
12. Victory


Claes Magnusson – Drums
Alec Björedal – Lead, Backing Vocals
Pierre Glans – Guitar, Lead and Backing Vocals
Hans Dimberg – Lead, Backing Vocals
Magnus Olsson – Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Lead and Backing Vocals

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