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BLIND ALLEY ‘Infinity Ends ’
(AOR Heaven 00006 Advance promo, release date 26.01.04)

Blind Alley

Blind Alley are a trio from Sweden and on the evidence of this, their debut CD, they have absorbed the best of seventies and eighties melodic rock. You can't really knock this. It's well played, constructed and produced and whilst it won't win any contests for originality there is a lot to admire and it shows that the eighties is alive and well and living in an oversized ghetto blaster near you.

I am sure if you hear this you will be mentally picking off the band's influences, but if you can get past the first two competent, but fairly bland tracks you'll reach 'One Life' which has the much needed sense of urgency and purpose whilst 'SOS' has a healthy swagger (a la Pink Floyd 'Another Brick')and synth fizz, with a very catchy chorus. And, horror of horrors, 'From Now On' is a song that in the hands of a boy-band would be an instant Top 5 hit.

Overall, then, there's some excellent writing going on here and whilst to some all this will be hugely derivative, to others - in need of their next melodic fix - they won't mind being led up this particular Blind Alley.

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Review by David Randall

One Life
© 2003 Blind Alley/AOR Heaven. All rights reserved.

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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