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Soft Dogs
May 2002
Released: 2002, EMI / Medley Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall

Disneyland After Dark (D.A.D) has been my favorite Danish band for many years. When you buy a record by D.A.D. you don’t really know what you are going to get music-wise. This band has released 8 CDs so far, not counting all the live and collection CDs they have released. As a true fan of the band I will admit that there are failures between the good records.

SOFT DOGS is a very good record when you have listened to it for a while. This is music that demands several listenings. The band considers this record quite a bit and the impression is that the songs are put together; that is , all the songs are melodic hard rock. The band line-up was the same from the beginning until the previous record, when the drummer (Peter) left. Now there is a new drummer (Laust Sonne). Completing the line-up are: Jacob Binzer (guitar, keyboard and backing vox), Stig Pedersen (bass and backing vox), and Jesper Binzer (lead vox and guitar).

Soft Dogs kick off with the melodic almost up-tempo ballad that is the title track. ”What’s the matter?” has a smart guitar intro before it starts. This is melodic hard rock with cooler parts where Jesper is singing. ”The truth about you” is again melodic hard rock with the potential to be a big radio hit. ”Golden Way” and ”Human Kind” beautiful ballads with smart guitar loop, choir and Jesper’s voice. ”It Changes Everything” is a beautiful ballad. ”Un frappe sur la tete” is a song that sounds like the old D.A.D., a faster hard rock song with brilliant guitar solos in the middle.

This is a very good record even if it is a bit hard to digest even for a BIG D.A.D. fan like me. The production is brilliant. The producer, Nick Foss, has done a really good job. Of the twelve songs on here, all of them good. With this record D.A.D. have the potential for lots of success.

For more info about the band look at their webpage: WWW.D-A-D.COM
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