Tracklisting:Reach out; How do we know; Touch the Sun; When two Worlds collide; When we were young; Valley of the Kings; Don't walk away; One lonely Night; All my Days; My Heart belongs to you; Only the strong; Time after Time.
I'm quite in chock here - the British pomp/AOR band Double Cross has made an absolute hammer of an album. On the ashes of several British bands i.e. Liar, Prowler, Mama's Boys, Graffiti and 2Die4 Double Cross has every positive aspect of Anglophobic melodic rock you can imagine. Frontman and vocalist Rick Chase, Stephen Kelly on guitars, Gareth "Gaf" Franks on bass, Pete Lakin on keyboards and Steve Pilpotts on drums are all very experienced musicians and you can hear that. Their musical abilities combined with an enthusiastic attitude and catchy melodies all wrapped in a 100% top quality package of great production and layout - who could ask for more?
Tracklisting:Brothers in Arms; Holdin' your own; Back to me; Not so much in Love; What were you thinking?; That awful Day; Eye of the Storm; Not just the night; Right this Minute; Shut up and drive; The Ride; Luck, Time and Mind; Deep 6.
Let me tell you at once - I'm VERY found of nearly everything Dakota has done in the past! Their 2000 release "Little Victories" is among my all time favorites. Their elegant mixture of AOR and west coast music will appeal to every music lover from fans of Chicago i.e. on tracks like "Right this minute" to hard rock fans of REO Speedwagon and others on tracks like "Eye of the Storm" and "Shut up and drive".
Since 1971 when vocalist/bassist/guitarist Jerry G. Hludzik (nowadays only original member) and co-founder Bill Kelly teamed up first under the name The Buoys they have made this intelligent cocktail - but it was in 1978 they made the foundation to Dakota as Jerry/Kelly with their selftitled debut. Since then one of their highlights was their 1984 released "Runaway" and I caught them first with their "Lost tracks" which became "Mr. Lucky" on Escape Music i 1997. This was a triumphant return after 10 years abcense with Hludzik as only remaining member - he teamed up with the current line up of Rick Manwiller (who actually has been in the band since 1981) on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Jon Lorace on guitars and vocals and Eli Hludzik on drums. As they did in 2000 they recorded with Bill Champlin from Chicago - this time on the mellow track "Back to me". And original member Bill Kelly is featured on 3 tracks, too - on "Holding your own", "What were you thinking" and "Right this minute".
Tracklisting:The Day the Music died; Did you really; Vanity Fair; Flying; A deeper Shade of Love; Thorns of Life; Loving Eyes; Time; Don't really matter; You.
Crossfade is far along the road the wet dream of every lover of Toto, Foster, Sting, Graydon, Pages, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, Don Henley and Mr. Mister - according to guitarist and main man Lars Hallbäck.