A collaboration between Rozz Williams and former Christian Death bandmate Gitane Demone, Dream Home Heartache obviously takes its name from the Roxy Music chestnut "In Every Dream Home a Heartache," which is both the opening and closing track. In between, Williams and Demone also tackle Jimi Hendrix's "Manic Depression" (which unfortunately doesn't come off well at all), as well as five tracks of their own. The overall sound is on the pretty side of goth, with delicate piano, accordion, and tasteful synthesizers supporting Williams and Demone's cabaret-influenced vocals. Demone's two contributions, "These Vulnerable Eyes" and the nearly a cappella "Moon Without a Tear," are the album's highlights, but Williams acquits himself well on his own songs, adopting a Scott Walker-like voice that suits the darkly sardonic material well. This is quite possibly Williams' most appealing work outside of Christian Death.
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AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny