New age jazz -- or is that called smooth jazz by radio programmers? Whatever it is, this is exactly what Laree Gibson has created with her recording Wakin' Up to My Dreams. Fans of early Sade and Kenny G will surely enjoy this lively and almost bopping new age jazz hybrid. While the collected genres have seen many experimenters in each of their respective genres come and go, a wealth of both good and bad music has been the byproduct of these experiments. In places Laree Gibson's music is quite good, and is strikingly reminiscent of the soundtrack to the In the Heat of the Night television series that enjoyed quite a bit of popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. There are other points on this recording where, or at least it seems this way, that Gibson is not entirely sure of what it is that she is trying to achieve musically. In some tracks she comes off as a sort of millennial Enya, but in other places it seems as though she's trying to follow in the long line of vocal crooners that often found their work featured in Muzak programming, or later on the Beautiful Music stations of the 1970s and 1980s. Laree Gibson's music is quite nice and relaxing; even though Wakin' Up to My Dreams seems to lack the cohesiveness that it could have, it's still a fine offering.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi