Sanctus Real - The Dream

Published Monday 24th November 2014
Sanctus Real - The Dream
Sanctus Real - The Dream

STYLE: Rock
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 153150-22380
LABEL: Sparrow 5099909759626
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2014-11-10
RRP: £8.00

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

Kicking off with the guitar-driven title track, then moving into electronica, this album gives you a good idea of the bases it'll cover right from the start: heavily echoed guitars, driving bass, wonderfully clear vocals. U2 and Delirious? inspired? Maybe (one of their "Number 1s" is a cover of U2's "Beautiful Day" after all). There are hints of other late '80s/early '90s classics here, too - such as Joe Jackson and After The Fire, plus Anathema and Snow Patrol from later years. It's more gentle rock than driving rock but does have the stadium-leaping-and-punching-the-air-together numbers too (such as "Same God"). Lyrically it's very good, covering doctrinal faith as well as God-Person relationship and Person-Person relationship. "On Fire" does a nice shift from narrating regret over a fellow believer who has lost their spark and praying for it to return, to praying for that same fire for the narrator. It's a good way to close an album (so I'm not sure what the one minute oddity "The Beginning (Outro)" was for - unless it links with other albums I've not heard, of course.

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Product Description
Sanctus Real chose The Dream as the title for their new album over a year before its completion, when the band began to reimagine what life and music should look like for a band that's been together for 18 years. This album is a bold step forward, both musically and conceptually, marking a new season for the band from Toledo, Ohio.

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