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PAL – Prime [2018]

“Prime” is the debut album by Swedish AOR/melodic rock band “P.A.L.”, means the collaboration of the three protagonists Peo Petersson (vocals), Peter Andersson (bass and production) and Roger Ljunggren (guitars, ex T’Bell) support by Mauritz Petersson on drums. The Swedes know each other a long time and recorded some demos thirty years ago by the name of Escape.

The guys combine the best elements of music giants like “Journey” and “Toto” with a modern approach, subsequently crafting an admirable collection of tunes, each song has clearly defined personality while the performances support the compositions to the greatest extent. The leading instrument -aside of the vocals- is the guitar which brings to front thick-yet harmonious-riffs, incredible melodic lines and blistering solos effectively stealing the show on most songs on “Prime”.

From the opening track “Heads or Tails” it becomes clear that “Prime” has every bit the potential of developing into such an AOR highlight as the members’ previous works. The second track “Carry On” proves itself quite the potential radio hit demonstrating melody and attack on equal amounts. Unfortunately, from there onwards the album takes a rather ambiguous turn into rather slow, one could say atmospheric material that definitely lacks the directness and passion. This applies up to the eleventh track, leaving the last two songs, “Leaving This Town” and “One Step Away” to recapture the spark of the first two songs.

Having said the above, one feels the need to insist that there is no fault with the album as a musical offering, it does feature solid songwriting, strong performances and top-notch production therefore definitely worth the attention of melodic rock/AOR enthusiasts. Definitely looking forward to a follow up.

Band Members
Roger Ljunggren – Guitar
Peter Andersson – Bass
Peo Pettersson – Vocals, keyboard
Mauritz Petersson – Drums

Tracks
01. Heads Or Trails
02. Carry On
03. Hiding Away From Love
04. Double Nature
05. Wildfire
06. What We’ve Could Been
07. Nowhere Left To Go
08. River Runs Dry
09. Older And Wiser
10. Leaving This Town
11. One Step Away

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PAL - Prime [2018], 8.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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