When Dreams Become Reality

When Dreams Become Reality

by Thieves & Liars

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Overview

When Dreams Become Reality

Like Lenny Kravitz, San Diego's Thieves & Liars are a compendium of classic rock. No band in the '60s or '70s would have juxtaposed this many styles. But this trio ties them together with an ambitious concept album about Joseph, the Old Testament character. Pink Floyd-esque psychedelia starts the record, dropping into luminous pop. Immediately the warmth and naturalness of the recording stand out; the band employed old-school recording techniques, including mostly live tracking. The meat of the record is bluesy rockers in various flavors -- Monster Magnet-style stoner rock in "Betrayed by Blood," Grand Funk Railroad-esque cowbell swagger in "Road to Nowhere," and tasty ZZ Top licks in "Good Times." "Reconciled" is funky and minimalist, while "Seven Long Years" recalls the slow burn of Led Zeppelin's "Since I've Been Loving You." "Thieves & Liars" excel at stretching basic riffs into long, expansive explorations; most songs go a few minutes longer than expected, yet such diversions often lead to stellar heights. The centerpiece of the record, "Forgotten," mushrooms from acoustic balladry into gorgeously baroque prog rock. It has strings, studio trickery, and guitar tones of all kinds; its nine minutes feel like a lifetime, in the best possible way. For a debut, the songcraft is amazingly subtle yet assured. Technicolor artwork by Dave Quiggle accompanies each song, making this a feast for eyes, ears, and likely, also the soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2008
Label: Facedown
UPC: 0803847106726
catalogNumber: 67

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thieves & Liars   Primary Artist
Clutch   Background Vocals
Robert Schumitzky   Violin
Brandon Jones   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Josh Nelson   Organ,Piano
Taylor Brown   Vocals
Erin Breene   Cello
Drew Gleason   Vocals
Chad Balen   Vocals
Dylan Kirkby   Vocals
Joey Bradford   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Skyler Pittman   Vocals
Avery Dennis   Vocals
Taylor Brown   Background Vocals
Shane Woodward   Background Vocals
Shiloh Orr   Vocals
Kyle Rosa   Drums,Background Vocals,Wind
Steven Bradford   Vocals
All American Boys Choir   Vocals
Jared Buckwalter   Background Vocals,Wind
Ryan Garin   Vocals
Corey Edelmann   Guitar,Background Vocals
Hunter Dennis   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Quiggle   Artwork
Wesley Martin   Music Direction
Chris Hobson   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Audio Production,String Conductor
Thieves & Liars   Composer
Corey Edelmann   Audio Production

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