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Can't Stop Dreaming

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Not one to rest on his laurels, Daryl Hall followed Hall & Oates's 2003 comeback disc, Do It for Love, by releasing his fourth solo album in 23 years. Slightly straying from his blue-eyed soul roots, the 11 songs on Can't Stop Dreaming are infused with a touch of smooth jazz. From the opening cut, "Cab Driver" -- with its Kirk Whalum–flavored saxophone runs -- this Philly native delivers a soothing, radio-ready record. The kind of crooner who rose to popularity belting R&B-tinged songs such as "Sara Smile" and "She's Gone" the latter is resurrected here with a slightly softer and slower arrangement, Hall does well sinking his teeth into delicate ballads ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
Not one to rest on his laurels, Daryl Hall followed Hall & Oates's 2003 comeback disc, Do It for Love, by releasing his fourth solo album in 23 years. Slightly straying from his blue-eyed soul roots, the 11 songs on Can't Stop Dreaming are infused with a touch of smooth jazz. From the opening cut, "Cab Driver" -- with its Kirk Whalum–flavored saxophone runs -- this Philly native delivers a soothing, radio-ready record. The kind of crooner who rose to popularity belting R&B-tinged songs such as "Sara Smile" and "She's Gone" the latter is resurrected here with a slightly softer and slower arrangement, Hall does well sinking his teeth into delicate ballads such as the lush "What's in Your World" and the equally melodic "Hold On to Me," penned with Celine Dion collaborator Walter Afanasieff. Hall, however, doesn't completely forsake his more pop-driven sound, as evidenced by the synthesizer-soaked dance cut "Never Let Me Go" and "Fools Rush In," a funk track reminiscent of Steely Dan. It seems that as long as Hall keeps dreaming, his classic songs will brighten his fans' waking hours.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Can't Stop Dreaming has a rather tangled release history. It was originally issued in Japan in 1999 on the BMG International label, and in 2003 it appeared in America but missing two tracks. Anyway, as those who witnessed the resurgence of Hall & Oates will attest, Hall has never sounded better. His vocal range is all that it once was and more. He is still, along with his main collaborator, Alan Gorrie from the Average White Band, a talented pop songwriter -- though admittedly pop music itself has changed by its very nature in the early 21st century. Pop itself no longer has a space for what is timeless and dateless. Hall's smooth hooks, tight love songs, and crisp arrangements are timeless but not timely and that's far from his fault. Tracks such as "Cab Driver," with its sheeny Steely Dan feel, and the Marvin Gaye/Leon Ware-inspired "Let Me Be the One" are classic in virtually every way, especially vocally. Hall doesn't reach for notes at all anymore, they just come, flowing up from the pit of his belly like a river expressing itself as a waterfall of intonation and melodic invention most jazz singers would give their eye teeth for. Only Al Green is Hall's equal in the contemporary soul genre. His disciplined singing graces the deep, mysterious funk of "Never Let Me Go," with its roiling basslines, and the spare acoustic ballad "Holding Out for Love." The big surprise is in the remake of the Hall & Oates classic "She's Gone" near the end of the album with a thoroughly postmodern arrangement with a subtle drum loop. If ever a song didn't need to be recut, this is it. It was perfect the first time around. That said, Hall's new read of the tune as an older man singing his grief -- in higher pitch -- is as authentic and spine-tingling as the original. While the backing vocals lack a little of the deep soul the duo's version had, the smooth gospel flavor inherent in them and restrained exuberance of Hall's delivery make the song a much more reflective and sorrowful expression, and it's dynamite. The slick, mat black and chrome disco surfaces of "All by Myself" and "Fools Rush In" have Hall revealing that there is still plenty of life in that form of songwriting and recording. With all the guitars careening over a babbling-brook bassline and Hall punctuating each bar with his vocal acrobatics, these songs become dancefloor necessities. In sum, Can't Stop Dreaming works as an album for listening or dancing too. It also works on another, much more intimate level.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Liquid 8
  • UPC: 820041210929
  • Catalog Number: 12109

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cab Driver (5:23)
  2. 2 Let Me Be the One (4:55)
  3. 3 Can't Stop Dreaming (4:12)
  4. 4 Never Let Me Go (4:29)
  5. 5 Holding Out for Love (3:58)
  6. 6 Justify (3:57)
  7. 7 What's in Your World (5:51)
  8. 8 Hold on to Me (4:36)
  9. 9 She's Gone (5:16)
  10. 10 All by Myself (5:02)
  11. 11 Fools Rush In (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daryl Hall Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Alan Gorrie Guitar
Roger Ball Saxophone
David Bellochio Drums, Keyboards
Jack Daley Electric Bass
Alexis England Background Vocals
Ray Fuller Guitar
Klyde Jones Background Vocals
Bob Mayo Acoustic Guitar
Peter Moshay Percussion
Dan Shea Piano
Andy Snitzer Saxophone
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Steve Wolf Drums
Paul Livant Guitar
Sandy B Background Vocals
Jerry Krenach Drums
T-Bone Wolk Electric Bass
Dan Huff Guitar
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
John Martyn Composer
Arthur Baker Composer
Eric Carmen Composer
Taja Sevelle Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Daryl Hall Composer, Producer
Alan Gorrie Composer
David Bellochio Composer, Producer
Rube Bloom Composer
Louis Brown Composer
Rupert Brown drum programming
Frank Fagnano Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Peter Moshay Engineer
John Oates Composer
Scott Parker Composer
Michael Peden Producer
Rod Price Composer
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Composer
Dan Shea Composer
Walter Afanasieff Composer, Producer
Dana Jon Chapelle Engineer
Denise Rich Composer
Sara Allen Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blue-Eyed Philly Soul

    I have always like Daryl Hall when he did his thing with John Oates. But this cd took it to another level for me. I think I was having one of the worst work days of my life and they played "Cabdriver" on the jazz station. Ever since that moment ,I had been on a constant hunt to find this cd. "Cabdriver" has to the be the HARDEST jazz song ever recorded. Me and my dad constantly fight over this cd. I think it's an excellent cd to add to any music collection. Rap, R&B, Jazz, Rock, whatever. "Can't Stop Dreaming" is in there with the best of them. I love his music! It flawlessly transcends age, race and whatever barriers that are out there. Thanks, Daryl Much Love

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    His Voice Matures!

    There isn't one bad song on this CD, I haven't listen to him since the 80's, his voice has finally aged to perfection. I don't care for Our Kind of Soul, but I would advise you to listen to the tracks on BN.com and buy it. CAN"T STOP DREAMING

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS

    Daryl rules, period. I'm so thrilled that he's overcome some demons, i.e. addiction and is on the road again with a brilliant gorgeous solo album. He and John are such a blessing to the world of soft rock. Daryl has the most underrated beautiful soulful voice in America and I love him dearly. Can't wait to see him in Humble Texas in October. Check their website for their 2004 tour!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT IN EVERY WAY!!!

    I am so glad that I purchased this CD... it is absolutely the bomb! Every track is delightful. Daryl Hall keeps the soul coming... you will definitely not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic Album!!

    I have been a fan of Hall & Oates for over 20 years, but never thought about purchasing any of their solo projects. I am happy to say that I am a proud owner of Daryl's latest and was pleasantly surprised. I did check out the song samples before purchasing, and I was not disappointed. I originally heard "Cab Driver" while shopping in a department store recently, and thought "that sounds like Daryl Hall! Wow!" From that point on I was hooked and had to get more information. All in all, I am glad I purchased this album. (I don't normally spend full price on a CD; I usually wait until it goes on sale!) But paying full price for this one was worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Daryl Does It Again, and Again...

    He earned his chops as the backround singer for some of the best soul groups in history, so when he stepped out of the shadows and climbed straight to the top of the charts it was no surprise that his smooth tenor voice came to epitomize the best of blue eyed soul. For thirty years now Daryl has taken us along on his musical odyssey, thrilling us with the range and emotion of his beautiful instrument showing us again how he puts Hall in Oates and the soul in solo. Like everything Daryl touches this album is golden: lustrous, smooth, and stirring. A fantastic effort by one of pop music’s icons. Induct this man into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame already. He's earned it.

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