Dreamland

Dreamland

by Aztec Camera
     
 

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Whoever got the idea of putting erstwhile lo-tech pop hero Roddy Frame in the studio with the legendarily hi-tech keyboardist/composer/producer Ryuichi Sakamoto ought to at least get credit for thinking outside the box. And if the experiment wasn't an unqualified success, well, that's what usually happens when you think outside the box. Dreamland is far from a

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Whoever got the idea of putting erstwhile lo-tech pop hero Roddy Frame in the studio with the legendarily hi-tech keyboardist/composer/producer Ryuichi Sakamoto ought to at least get credit for thinking outside the box. And if the experiment wasn't an unqualified success, well, that's what usually happens when you think outside the box. Dreamland is far from a failure; by this point in his career, Frame's pop craft is too instinctive to permit that. But Sakamoto does occasionally threaten to overwhelm the songs with his patented super-smooth production and studio fripperies (those strings! those backing vocals!), and in a few cases the songs themselves aren't structurally capable of supporting all that added weight. Several tracks, in particular the rather silly "Spanish Horses," will leave you thinking "Gosh, that was pretty. How did it go again?" And "Safe in Sorrow," a gorgeous pop/soul ballad, feels like it wants to go twice as fast as it does, but can't. All that said, there are some great moments here, including the aching "Let Your Love Decide" and the slightly creepy "Valium Summer"; fans of the Camera should like this album just fine.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2015
Label:
Jdc Records
UPC:
0093624507628
catalogNumber:
45076
Rank:
144063

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Performance Credits

Aztec Camera   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Naná Vasconcelos   Contributor
Victor Bailey   Contributor
Dave Anderson   Engineer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Barry Finclair   Contributor
Roddy Frame   Producer
Lolly Grodner   Engineer
Romero Lubambo   Contributor
David Palmer   Contributor
Ryuichi Sakamoto   Producer
Gary Sanctuary   Contributor
Vivian Sessoms   Contributor
Steve Sidelnyk   Contributor
Gary Tibbs   Contributor
Paul Gomersall   Engineer
Paul Powell   Contributor
Steven Bernstein   Contributor
Sylvia Mason James   Contributor

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