The Electrics

Visions and Dreams

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Growing pains are something all bands have to contend with. Ideally, those issues should be dealt with prior to entering the studio for the first time and laying down a legacy for all time. The Electrics certainly had a grasp of who they were and what they wanted to sound like. Unfortunately, they suffered at the hands of trite songwriting and simplistic production, even though their intentions were noble. Consequently, their vision of being a Celtic rock band delivering the gospel message suffered greatly on their debut, Visions and Dreams. Despite being a "disciple" of Mike Scott and Shane MacGowan, singer/songwriter Sammy Horner couldn't measure up to the lofty songwriting standards of those two. To say he was a poor man's MacGowan or Scott was simply overstating the point. On later albums, Horner would sharpen his ability to convey eternal truths to the layman, but on this album his songs appeared to be hastily conceived. His pedestrian drums, bass, guitar, and keyboard backing did little to embellish his songs. The upside for this band is that future Electrics albums appeared far superior due to the second-rate standard carved out on Visions and Dreams.