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On disc: The Arrows

Stand Back - Lars Bjørn - 2 stars
The Lines Are Open - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars

The Lines Are Open

The Lines Are Open
(YesterRock - 2013)

Canadian melodic rockers The Arrows were active in the first half of the 80's, so they you'll find some sax and trumpets - like it was in 80's AOR.

The kick off with Heart Of The City, an up-tempo rocker with trumpets and a dash pop in it. The opener reminds me slightly of Huey Lewis & The News... Talk Talk could have been on the sound track of St Elmo's Fire, The Breakfast Club or 21 Jump Street (TV sequel). If you grow up at that time and enjoyed the sound, then this is a trip down memory lane! At Wild One I love the sax, call me old-fashioned, but I enjoy this journey back in time. If you still like the sound of the 80's and it's pop rock songs, then check out The Arrows!

7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


Stand Back

Stand Back
(YesterRock - 2011)

The record company YesterRock has felt the urge to release an album with the old Canadian band The Arrows. This band existed between 1981 and 1986 and gave the world 1 EP and 2 albums, a radio hit song Meet Me In The Middle. The singer Dean McTaggart was the backbone of the band that initially also included the hit maker David Tyson on keyboards. There is apparently a rising market for albums that are very old and out of print for a long time, so Stand Back gets another chance. In my eyes they could could have saved their strength, because the 80's pop sound on this album is extremely boring and out of touch. The first single Meet Me In The Middle, their hit, is typical inspired by the time they were around, the beginning of the 80's, the sound of Huey Lewis, but not even close to his level. Dean McTaggart is not convincing as a singer in each of the songs, and the next attempts are shy AOR rock, boring, bad and sad, and clinging on to some kind of help they direct their sound after the inspiration they could get in Foreigner, and especially in the song Girl In 313 there is a saxophone solo that could very well be taken directly from Foreigner's song Urgent. Some albums are good to give another shot with a re-release, but Stand Back from The Arrows are not such an album.

2 stars

Lars Bjørn


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