Album Reviews

Stan Bush – Dream The Dream

Released by Frontiers Records

Genre: Melodic Rock/AOR

Links: http://www.stanbush.com/

Links: http://www.myspace.com/116446489


Line Up:

Stan Bush: vocals

Holger Fath: guitars, keyboards

Matt Bissonette: bass

Matt Laug: drums


Tracklist:

1. Never Hold Back

2. I’m Still Here

3. Don’t Give Up on Love

4. Two Hearts

5. In My Life

6. Love Is The Road

7. If This Is All There Is

8. Dream The Dream

9. More Than a Miracle

10. Your Time

11. All That I Am

12. Sam’s Theme (The Touch)


Yes I know when some think of Stan Bush you automatically associate the Transformers theme song “The Touch” from the Transformers Animated Movie released in 86, but… the truth is that Stan Bush has been in the Melodic Rock/AOR scene for some time now with a back catalog of outstanding material dating back to 87 when he released the excellent “Stan Bush & Barrage”.  Stan has always brought forward the wonder formula of melodic and catchy and has not disappointed many fans of the genre with some solid releases time after time.

If you remember in 2007 “In This Life” was one of the highlights of the year which propelled Stan’s already iconic status in the scene to a bigger level, which is why I was looking forward to his new release of “Dream The Dream” which Stan was kind enough to forward an advanced copy himself to us here at Myglobalmind.

Listening to the new record just brings back memories, is like living in the 80’s all over again. The trademark AOR keyboards and typical Californian summer sounds are all being displayed in full colors on tracks “Never Hold Back” and “I’m Still Here”.  The up tempo track “Two Hearts” just pumps pure AOR all over the place, reminds of classic material from Icon, another classic lineup from the golden days of Melodic Rock.  We cannot understate Bush’s songwriting skills as the lyrics for”Love Is The Road” which beg for you to shout out loud to every chorus in this song. One of my favorites comes calling in the title track as everything just flows with perfection, from the chorus to the writing, to the strong guitar rhythms. A treat for the Transformers crowd, a different harder version cut of “The Touch” breaks through offering something creative to close out the album.

Like more proof of the quality of material Stan releases when he makes a new album? Well let’s see on “Dream The Dream” he worked with Curt Cuomo who has produced music with the likes of Kiss, Eddie money amongst others and super producer Holger Fath and not to mention his songs being features on motion pictures, but the man also won an Emmy Award in 1997 for Best Original Song.  Not a bad repertoire that Stan’s brings forward on his now 11th studio release with a heavy dose of powerful songwriting and enticing melodies that will please fans worldwide. I said on past reviews this year that the Melodic Rock world releases had been gaining a strong resurgence, well this one certainly reassures that theory as the ball keeps rolling forward in the scene.

Written by Denys

Ratings Denys  9/10


If you remember in 2007 “In This Life” was one of the highlights of the year which propelled Stan’s already iconic status in the scene to a bigger level, which is why I was looking forward to his new release of “Dream The Dream” which Stan was kind enough to forward an advanced copy himself to us here at Myglobalmind.

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