Entertainment Weekly - 6/19/92, p.70
"...[Brown's] varied musically--he'll do a grinding blues and even flirt with jazz....[he's] capable of pulling off a marvelous portrait..." - Rating: B
Personnel: Greg Brown (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Bo Ramsey, Dan Lund (electric guitar); Tim Sparks (requinto); Willie Murphy (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); Gordy Johnson (bass); Robin Anders (tabla, dourbaki, tupan, percussion); Kate MacKenzie (background vocals).
Recorded at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Personnel: Greg Brown (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Dan Lund, Bo Ramsey (electric guitar); Willie Murphy (piano); Robin Adnan Anders (tabla, percussion); Kate MacKenzie (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Tom Tucker; Bob Feldman.
Recording information: Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN.
Photographers: Dan Corrigan; Ann Marsden.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Robin Adnan Anders; Tim Sparks.
1992's DREAM CAFE marked the beginning of Brown's most artistically fertile period. He'd come a long way from his rustic-sounding folkie beginnings, and though the previous DOWN IN THERE pointed strongly towards an aesthetic rebirth, this album saw that promise bear fruit. It's here that Brown finally begins to make full use of his craggy baritone, an instrument of unprecedented intimacy and sensuality. Sonically, DREAM CAFE moves between grinding, visceral, bluesy cuts like "You Drive Me Crazy" and "You Can Watch Me," where Brown gets deliciously down and dirty, and artier, more poetic tunes like the transcendent "Sleeper." DREAM CAFE is part of the consistent upward progression that continued unabated throughout Brown's career.