Dream

Dream

by BeBe Winans
     
 
After a four year hiatus, BeBe Winans returns with the meditative Dream. Instead of following contemporary gospel's trend of incorporating hip-hop-inspired grooves or rhythmic call-and-response hooks, Winans continues to record the timeless gospel ballads he's become known for, both as a solo artist and with his sister CeCe. Musically spare and with lyrics

Overview

After a four year hiatus, BeBe Winans returns with the meditative Dream. Instead of following contemporary gospel's trend of incorporating hip-hop-inspired grooves or rhythmic call-and-response hooks, Winans continues to record the timeless gospel ballads he's become known for, both as a solo artist and with his sister CeCe. Musically spare and with lyrics informed by Winans's personal trials and triumphs, which include a painful divorce and dramatic weight loss, Dream is arguably his best solo work. Highlights include the choir-backed "Miracle of Love," featuring Angie Stone, the reverential "Safe from Harm," and the pop-tinged "Love Thang." With songs that will appeal to secular and non-secular music enthusiasts alike, Winans's Dream of continued success will surely come true.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
BeBe Winans' solo career has been a struggle to establish himself separate from his musical family, and Dream, his fifth solo album, chronicles some of the recent difficulties. Winans has drifted from Atlantic Records, which released his self-titled solo debut in 1997, to Motown, which handled Love & Freedom (2000) and the concert set BeBe Live and Up Close (2002), and on to the custom label Hidden Beach (distributed by the Epic division of Sony) for the holiday collection My Christmas Prayer (2003) and now this album, technically issued under Hidden Beach's new gospel subsidiary, Still Waters, in conjunction with Winans' own TMG (The Movement Group) label. (Whew!) All of which is to say that, really, this is Winans' first "non-specialty recording" (as Hidden Beach label head Steve McKeever puts it) in five years, spanning a divorce and what McKeever refers to as "a much-needed sojourn." Divorces are, of course, a dicey matter in the gospel world, and perhaps it's not surprising that Winans has a little less to say than usual on the subject of religion. In his husky tenor (reminiscent of Teddy Pendergrass at his most unctuous), Winans is often apologetic, notably in "Love Me Anyway," in which he regrets that "my indiscretions have caused you much pain." Clearly intended as the album's centerpiece is "I Have a Dream," Winans' musical setting of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech from the 1963 March on Washington, which employs excerpts from the speech itself along with Winans' earnest singing of some of its passages. The result isn't as embarrassing as might have been feared, but not nearly as powerful, say, as Bob Marley's "War," drawn from one of Haile Selassie's speeches. Dream actually works better in its less ambitious moments, such as a good cover of Amy Grant's "So Glad." It probably isn't "the album of my life" that Winans claims it to be, but it does find the artist working through his personal problems in an artistic context and suggests he has more good music ahead of him.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Hidden Beach
UPC:
0827969072721
catalogNumber:
90727
Rank:
301233

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

BeBe Winans   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Brewster   Percussion,Drums
Tom Hemby   Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
David Hungate   Bass
Joey Kibble   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
Craig Nelson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Duawne Starling   Background Vocals
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals
Darwin Hobbs   Background Vocals
Tiffany Palmer   Background Vocals
LeAnne Palmore   Background Vocals
Jason Webb   Keyboards
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals
Karima Kibble   Background Vocals
Pat Coils   Keyboards
Denotra Sneed   Background Vocals
Pat Colis   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Composer
Amy Grant   Composer
Walter Hawkins   Composer
Chris Christian   Composer
Ronnie Brookshire   Engineer
Cedric Caldwell   Composer
Victor Caldwell   Composer
Gil Cang   Composer
Marc Harris   Composer
Tom Hemby   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Steve McKeever   Executive Producer
BeBe Winans   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Martin Luther King   Composer
Rodney Dawson   Engineer
Gregg Jampol   Engineer
Toby Baker   Composer
Evan Lamberg   Executive Producer
Jim Cooley   Engineer
Kyle Shephard   Engineer
Richard Wyatt   Cover Painting
Linda Thompson   Composer

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