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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following recent reunions by M People and Lighthouse Family, Northern Irish duo D:Ream are the latest '90s MOR pop act to make a comeback, a full 16 years after their last release, World. Best-known for their anthemic chart-topper "Things Can Only Get Better," which later became synonymous with Tony Blair's historic 1997 election victory due to its use as the Labor Party's official theme song, their belated third album (fourth if you count the unreleased Heap of Faith), is the first time the original pairing of vocalist Peter Cunnah and producer Al McKenzie have recorded together since their 1993 debut D:Ream On, Vol. 1. Cunnah has since written songs for the likes of ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following recent reunions by M People and Lighthouse Family, Northern Irish duo D:Ream are the latest '90s MOR pop act to make a comeback, a full 16 years after their last release, World. Best-known for their anthemic chart-topper "Things Can Only Get Better," which later became synonymous with Tony Blair's historic 1997 election victory due to its use as the Labor Party's official theme song, their belated third album (fourth if you count the unreleased Heap of Faith), is the first time the original pairing of vocalist Peter Cunnah and producer Al McKenzie have recorded together since their 1993 debut D:Ream On, Vol. 1. Cunnah has since written songs for the likes of bubblegum outfits A1 and Steps, and appeared on Chicane's 2003 hit "Love on the Run," but released through their own User Records label, In Memory Of... has a slightly darker alternative edge which sits somewhere between their early, clubbier material and the indie pop of Cunnah's former noughties outfit Shane. It's a change in direction which works well on the pulsating "Gods in the Making," a guitar-charged slice of new wave/electro which features vocals from Urban Cookie Collective's Diane Charlemagne and former keyboardist Brian Cox, now more famous as a BBC astronomer, and opening track "All Things to All Men," an '80s-inspired blend of Balearic beats, filtered house hooks, and a storming, echoey guitar solo reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love." But elsewhere, it's apparent that low-budget production values mean it lacks the necessary oomph it so badly needs to fulfill its indie-disco ambitions. "Into the Fray," a dismal attempt at a Depeche Mode-esque gothic-electro stomper, sounds like a particularly ropey '70s glam band has just discovered the synthesizer; the experimental jazz-rock noodlings of "Free Thinkin' Mind" sound like a muddy recording of a below-par Jamiroquai tribute act, while "U Make Me" is a monotonous sub-Erasure synth pop dirge with lyrics so hopelessly basic they make Justin Bieber seem like Leonard Cohen. A misguided attempt at political discourse on the New Order pastiche "Drop Beatz Not Bombs" proves that they're not much better at tackling more serious subject matter, either, while the nine-minute closing track "We Are Fans" is a meandering and aimless stab at a Paul Van Dyk trance epic, which has the feel of a pair of middle-aged guys trying to unwisely reclaim their youth. Pictured in front of a huge disco ball on its front cover, it's a shame that D:Ream didn't bring some of that dancefloor sensibility to the actual content inside it. Fans hoping for anything as joyous as "UR the Best Thing" or as instantly uplifting as "Party Up the World" will be sorely disappointed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Fruitcake
  • UPC: 684340002261
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 98,404

Album Credits

Performance Credits
D:Ream Primary Artist
Brian Cox Keyboards, Hammond B3
Diane Charlemagne Background Vocals
Alex Mungo Piano, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Carl Stanley Saxophone
Tom Baldwin Background Vocals
Natalie Williams Background Vocals
Sharlene Hector Background Vocals
Aaron Garner Background Vocals
TJ Davis Background Vocals
Dave McGrath Background Vocals
Justin Sandercoe Guitar, Harmonica, Slide Guitar
Dave Marks Bass
Mark Roberts Drums
James Mac Percussion
Alan MacKenzie Vocals, Background Vocals
William Carson Piano, Bass Guitar
Warren Turner Background Vocals
Sophy Vane Background Vocals
Sharlee Hector Background Vocals
Serena Roberts Background Vocals
Rebecca Guy Background Vocals
Poppy Belle Background Vocals
Peter Cunah Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Paddy Horgan Background Vocals
Norman Liu Background Vocals
Nick Delaney Background Vocals
Neve McGrath Background Vocals
Miriam Miller Background Vocals
Maynard Crowe Background Vocals
Madeleine Estelle Cunnah Background Vocals
Katey McGrath Background Vocals
Justin Bioletti Background Vocals
James Harri Background Vocals
Inez McGrath Background Vocals
Giddy Gavin Background Vocals
Firgas Esack Background Vocals
DJ Stoney M. AKA Mark Stone Background Vocals
Debbie Humphreys Background Vocals
Clare Barker Background Vocals
Claire Eykyn Background Vocals
Claire Edwards Background Vocals
Aman Chohan Dhol
Technical Credits
Donal Whelan Mastering
Cunnah Composer
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