14 July, 2011

Roy Harper - The Dream Society (1998)

Roy Harper - The Dream Society (1998)
rock | 1cd | eac-flac-cue-log-cover | 550MB
Science Friction | HUCD030
The Dream Society continued Roy Harper's winning streak with an impressively produced album of varied material. The opening "Songs of Love" is a striking duet with vocalist Musumi that also features some great acoustic guitar work from son Nick Harper. "Songs of Love, Pt. 2" quickly follows with a hard rock sound as convincing as any Harper has produced since HQ in 1975. While there are many styles on the album -- hard rock, folk-rock, and even country -- perhaps the acoustic ballad "Broken Wing" is the record's best cut. The album-closing epic "These Fifty Years" is one of Harper's most ambitious tracks. With several movements and some very progressive sections, it sounds a bit like Jethro Tull, a notion no doubt aided by a familiar flute sound courtesy of Ian Anderson. Although the song isn't as memorable as "The Same Old Rock" or "Me and My Woman," Harper must be given credit for a mostly successful attempt at a longer piece. As usual, the lyrics throughout are almost purposefully ponderous, a matter not allayed by the rambling liner notes. While Death or Glory? displayed greater highs and Once showed a new musical maturity, The Dream Society is more consistent and completes Harper's utterly successful trilogy of studio albums from the '90s.

-01. "Songs Of Love" – 6:59
-02. "Songs Of Love (Pt 2)" – 4:50
-03. "Dancing All The Night" – 6:12
-04. "Psychopath" – 2:45
-05. "I Want To Be In Love" – 5:58
-06. "Drugs For Everybody" – 5:04
-07. "Come The Revolution" – 6:09
-08. "Angel Of The Night" – 5:10
-09. "The Dream Society" – 8:35
-10. "Broken Wing" – 6:42
-11. "These Fifty Years" – 14:27


durmoll said...

log & linx:
p: lworld
READ IT! (about old publications):


Website counter