Dreamland

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1993
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624507628
  • Catalog Number: 45076

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Birds (4:56)
  2. 2 Safe in Sorrow (4:56)
  3. 3 Black Lucia (4:00)
  4. 4 Let Your Love Decide (5:03)
  5. 5 Spanish Horses (4:34)
  6. 6 Dream Sweet Dreams (3:26)
  7. 7 Pianos and Clocks (4:53)
  8. 8 Sister Ann (5:13)
  9. 9 Vertigo (4:54)
  10. 10 Valium Summer (5:53)
  11. 11 The Belle of the Ball (3:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Aztec Camera Primary Artist
Technical Credits
NanĂ¡ 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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