Originally recorded in 1993 and released eight years later in 2001, Thom Brennan's The Dragon's Dream brings to life a new side of his music that is both magical and evocative. In parts this recording has a bit of a new age aesthetic to it, but when one thinks new age, they should think of the best that the genre has offered instead of a lot of the schlocky and trite work that has been passed off as new age. Thom Brennan's recordings, particularly The Dragon's Dream, bring to mind the mid-'80s releases of William Linton and Giles Reaves, and their releases Traveler's Tales, Wunjo, and Sea of Glass, respectively. Anyone who is familiar with these three works knows that they have an aesthetic all their own and that they truly bring to life a sound that only lived in the equipment and ideas of the mid-'80s and early '90s. There's a sound that much of the music of this period has that makes it easily distinguishable from other works from later periods. Thom Brennan's The Dragon's Dream consists of a lot of the same sounds that can be heard from this aforementioned period, which makes it kind of a retro recording. The work on Thom Brennan's The Dragon's Dream is a blend between an almost tropical kind of space music and a beautiful and airy new age music that doesn't overwhelm the listener with all kinds of flutes, guitars, and other melodic instruments that are usually quite prominent in the fabric of new age pieces. Thom Brennan's The Dragon's Dream is an excellent recording, and quite possibly one of the finest recordings of 2001, even though it was completed in 1993.
AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi