DEPARTURE – Hitch A Ride

Escape Music 20120

Album number four from Departure and their first since 2001′s excellent pomp rocker ‘Corporate Wheel’. It also marks the fourth vocalist for the band, step forward Andi Kravljacea of Silent Call. Main man Mike Walsh is still at the helm on guitars/keys/production/songwriting with Martin Kronlund helping out on mixing and mastering.

Two big standouts are the pop rock fun of ‘LuvSick’ and ‘Waiting For The Rain To Come’ that builds nicely and the church organ gives the songs an almost Boston like vibe.  Bon Jovi best call his lawyers as the ballad ‘Without You’ sounds uncannily like them, so much so I thought it was a Bon Jovi cover. Good stuff though. ‘Travel Through Time’ hints at the old pomp rock sound but ‘Fly’ sounds a little to much like hard rock by numbers, the same goes for ‘Outside Looking In’.

Not a bad album but disappointing compared to their previous albums as they have moved away from their pomp rock to a Scandi rock sound in much of the album. Fans of the band will doubtless be split on opinions and they may pick up some new fans with their more straight ahead melodic hard rock sound.


Jason Ritchie

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