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Are You a Dreamer?
     

Are You a Dreamer?

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by Denison Witmer
 

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These are the three warning signs of insufferable, gauzy preciousness: a guy who (1) accompanies his light, high-pitched singing with finger-picked acoustic guitar, (2) adorns the cover of his album with a hand-knitted textile of his own making, and (3) titles the album Are You a Dreamer? Denison Witmer has obviously hit the

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These are the three warning signs of insufferable, gauzy preciousness: a guy who (1) accompanies his light, high-pitched singing with finger-picked acoustic guitar, (2) adorns the cover of his album with a hand-knitted textile of his own making, and (3) titles the album Are You a Dreamer? Denison Witmer has obviously hit the trifecta on this album, and so lowers your expectations to such a degree that it's almost impossible not to be impressed with the results. But really, you'd have been impressed even if he hadn't suckered you with the hand-knit cover art. For one thing, that finger-picked guitar is more complex than it sounds at first; for another thing, his gentle voice never collapses into wimpiness; and for another, Witmer manages without apparent effort the tremendously difficult task of making hugely attractive music generally lacking in conspicuous hooks. For the most part, the hook is just the sound itself, as on the sad and gorgeous "Worry All the Time" and the melancholy but optimistic "Everything But Sleep." When he brings in a full band, the sound is somehow still pretty in much the same way -- check the lovely title track, for example. And when he uses sleigh bells, it doesn't sound quite as weird as you'd imagine. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Militia
UPC:
0712177003226
catalogNumber:
32

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Performance Credits

Denison Witmer   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Mike Bitts   Bass Guitar
Don Peris   Organ,Flute,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Sampling,Classical Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Karen Peris   Vocals
Sufjan Stevens   Organ,Banjo,Conductor,Vocals,Wurlitzer
James McAlister   Percussion,Drums
Shara Worden   Vocals
Katrina Kerns   Vocals
Mike Bitt   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Don Peris   Producer,Engineer
Denison Witmer   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Artwork
Don Paris   Audio Production

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Are You a Dreamer? 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite opening up with it's best song, Little Flowers (which a beautiful, inspiring piece about Francis of Assisi for those of you who haven't yet caught the reference), this album is not one you would consider to be front-loaded. It's strong and retains a powerful simplicity all the way through. There's no one better in the genre right now, and this album proves it. The lyrics are great. His vocals are perfect for his music. The music by the way, is put together flawlessly. Buy this album, support this artist, this is an incredible piece of work.