Before the Dream Faded

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The second solo album from Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic Sound System mastermind Calvin Johnson is a different kettle of fish from his first set under his own handle, 2002's What Was Me. While What Was Me was recorded with just Johnson and his acoustic guitar, Before the Dream Faded pairs him with a variety of different collaborators, ranging from the delicate electric piano and violin backing of "When Hearts Turn Blue" to the jagged electric guitar textures of "Obliteration Overload" and the straightforward rock of "Rabbit Blood." While the overall tone is low-key, Johnson does manage to generate a solid and soulful groove on "The Leaves of Tea," and "I Am Without" conjures ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The second solo album from Beat Happening/Dub Narcotic Sound System mastermind Calvin Johnson is a different kettle of fish from his first set under his own handle, 2002's What Was Me. While What Was Me was recorded with just Johnson and his acoustic guitar, Before the Dream Faded pairs him with a variety of different collaborators, ranging from the delicate electric piano and violin backing of "When Hearts Turn Blue" to the jagged electric guitar textures of "Obliteration Overload" and the straightforward rock of "Rabbit Blood." While the overall tone is low-key, Johnson does manage to generate a solid and soulful groove on "The Leaves of Tea," and "I Am Without" conjures up a moody resonance; this is a decided step away from the minimalism of Johnson's work with Beat Happening and the white-boy funk of Dub Narcotic. However, while there was a heart-on-my-sleeve romanticism to the songs on What Was Me that was winning, Before the Dream Faded goes off into less personal and more impressionistic directions on several tracks that lack the same degree of emotional impact, and even if you're accustomed to Johnson's craggy Valium-OD vocals, the deliberately off-kilter harmonies on "When Hearts Turn Blue" and the wandering vocal patterns of "When You Are Mine" are a step back from the confident sound of his best work. There's enough good stuff on Before the Dream Faded to confirm that Calvin Johnson is still a viable artist with something to say, but for the most part this is a step or two down from his best work, and lacks the charm and immediacy of What Was Me.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: K. Records
  • UPC: 789856117024
  • Catalog Number: 170
  • Sales rank: 235,072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 When Hearts Turn Blue (3:33)
  2. 2 Rabbit Blood (2:51)
  3. 3 Red Wing Black (5:09)
  4. 4 Obliteration Overload (4:49)
  5. 5 I Am Without (5:51)
  6. 6 I'm Down (4:55)
  7. 7 The Leaves of Tea (3:18)
  8. 8 Your Eyes (4:22)
  9. 9 Deliverance (3:35)
  10. 10 When You Are Mine (8:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Calvin Johnson Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion
Warren Lee Organ, Electric Piano
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Adam Forkner Bass, Guitar, Trumpet
Jona Bechtolt Percussion, Drums
Johnny Jewel Keyboards
Khaela Maricich Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals
Phil Elverum Bass, Guitar, Drums, Multi Instruments
Nora Danielson Violin
Dusty Sparkles Bassoon
Dirk Kinsey Percussion
Kristyn Leach Percussion
Devin Welch Guitar
Technical Credits
Mark Greer Mastering
Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Jewel Producer, beats, Audio Production
Khaela Maricich Producer
Phil Elverum Producer, Audio Production
Khaela Marricich Audio Production
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