The Dream Academy The Dream Academy
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- Released: September 3, 2007
- Label: Wounded Bird Records
- 1.Life in a Northern Town
- 2.The Edge of Forever
- 3.(Johnny) New Light
- 4.In Places on the Run
- 5.This World
- 6.Bound to Be
- 7.Moving On
- 8.The Love Parade
- 9.The Party
- 10.One Dream
Dream Academy was the self-titled debut release for the art-school trio led by lead singer/guitarist Nick Laird-Clowes. Produced by David Gilmour and Laird-Clowes, the group was rounded out by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Kate St. John and keyboard player Gilbert Gabriel, and they struck the first time out with the album's standout track "Life in a Northern Town," which became a Top Ten smash in the spring of 1986. Dream Academy used lush string arrangements and choir-like background vocals to create a sumptuous backdrop for their paisley-tinged pop. It works to best effect on "Life in a Northern Town," a slice of watercolored nostalgia with its memorable chant-like hook. Other highlights include the sax-driven "The Edge of Forever," the gentle dream recollection of "In Places on the Run," and "This World," with its somber, stark portrayal of the downtrodden. Laird-Clowes' vocals are thin, a shortcoming masked by the soft-focus of the material, and the album falters a bit during the second half; however, the best material on this record leaves you longing for more. ~ Tom Demalon
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