Sjak : We have had to wait a very long time for it, but now finally the eponymously entitled debut album of the Australian A.O.R.-band De-Arrow has seen the light of day. The band was active in the years between 1983 and 1989 and was in those days regarded as one of the most talented outfits in the melodic rock genre. Still the expected breakthrough was never established and they have only recorded a couple of demos, which at that time were very sought-after items in the tape trader circuit. These demos are now brought together on this ‘De-Arrow’ album, so that the A.O.R. fans can yet get acquainted with the material of this band.
The core of De-Arrow was formed by keyboard player Noel Hart and guitarist Dragan Stanic and they were also responsible for the radio-friendly song material, which is characterized by the very prominent keyboards, the catchy “hooks”, the big background choruses and the great lead vocals. All fourteen songs on offer here are worthwhile listening to, but it needs to be said that anno 2018 everything sound a bit dated. That doesn’t take anything away from the fact that tunes like ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nights’, ‘I Got You’, the ballad ‘All Alone’ and the nice ‘Don’t Steal My Heart Away’ are easy listening tracks and as a matter of fact that account for the whole album. Personally I would have loved to see a different balance between the keyboards and the guitars, as the keyboards are very dominantly present, but that will be a matter of personal taste. In the eighties De-Arrow was quite a talented outfit and therefore it’s priceworthy that this material has been finally brought to market. It would take things way too far to label this as a classic album in the genre, because for that the song material is just not good enough. It has however certainly become an interesting album from a band that in the eighties didn’t get the success that they probably deserved.