Dream Society


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Review Text 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. ~ Brian Downing

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Songs of Love - 7:59
  2. 2. Songs of Love, Pt. 2 - 5:50
  3. 3. Dancing All the Night - 6:12
  4. 4. Psychopath - 3:45
  5. 5. I Want to Be in Love - 6:58
  6. 6. Drugs for Everybody - 5:04
  7. 7. Come the Revolution - 6:09
  8. 8. Angel of the Night - 5:10
  9. 9. Dream Society - 9:35
  10. 10. Broken Wing - 7:42
  11. 11. These Fifty Years - 14:27

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