David Bradstreet

Dreaming in Colour

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On David Bradstreet's second solo album, he seems to be suffering the sophomore syndrome. It is a pleasant album, but not as interesting as his debut solo album (1977's David Bradstreet). Whereas his debut seemed to be more in the folk genre, this is more produced and closer to easy listening. The main problem with the album is that it's too slick. There are standout songs (the beautiful and sad "Thirty Years," "This Ringing in My Ear," and "Ashes on the Water"), which are less produced and lean more toward Bradstreet's folk roots. On the plus side, Bradstreet's vocals are astounding, truly beautiful, and Bob Mann contributes some very good guitar solos that owe a great deal to George Harrison. The other interesting aspect of this album is the lyrics. Although the music may suggest background music for housework, the lyrics deserve close attention. Bradstreet has a knack for writing songs that tell heartbreaking stories (all of the previously mentioned titles are good examples) as well as strong/angry songs ("Last Catch," for example). David Bradstreet is an extremely talented individual, and this album demonstrates that talent. With a different producer, it could have been brilliant, but the songs seem to get lost in the production.

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