Release Date: September 23, 2023
Label: Red Fields
Dreamstreet version 2.0 harkens back to the '70s and the popularity of AOR (album-oriented rock). I was one of those people who would tune into a radio station out of Boston or Hartford to hear this type of music. Sometimes, they would play an entire album. It's an early version of streaming, just over the radio waves. History can repeat itself and look different while using the same concepts.
The track "You Got Me Rockin" says it all for content,
a simple message with great vocals and musicianship to drive it down that road
of the excitement of days gone by or, if you are new to the genre, a discovery
worth experiencing. I am sure this band is a blast in a live setting.
Tracks like "Heartzone" are classic rock ballads, and
the longest track clocks in at 5:21. The bass and drums are critical to making
this rock clock tick along. Three-quarters in the lead guitar takes off to give
you a taste of what they can do within one song. They change the pace and
intensity, and the vocals are perfect. It reminded me of the powerful vocals of
Kansas at their height.
A surprise is the cover of Gary Wright's "Love Is
Alive." It is one of my favorites of the time, so this was a big test of
how good this band could be. Musically, it is a sound cover, and the vocals
would be the most challenging thing to emulate. The vocals were average
compared to the music provided. But you expect a vocalist to sound like the
original, so I am being critical; however, I liked the way they ended it.
"On The Edge" is another excellent example of the AOR
genre and how to present it. The keys, bass, drums, and supporting guitar leads
that bite and make the song powerful and expressive.
If you are a guitar enthusiast and like hook-filled songs, Dreamstreet
will be the band for you. Find out for yourself and stream the album with the
Spotify player provided. If you're a rocker, you will find value and enjoy
listening to Dreamstreet.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-MuzikMan.net Founder
December 5, 2023
2. Power of Love
3. Forever Yours
4. Head Troubles
5. Love Is Alive
7. On The Edge
8. Time To Go Home
9. You Got Me Rockin