There are two real ways to make an album. A number of songs that mix and blend together to carry the same beat, tell a story/message, etc. The other is to take a bunch of individual songs and make them readily available in one place. The problem with the second type is that in today’s world, individual songs can be found on their own. If the music does not flow well, then the songs do not garner the recognition they deserve.
Jenny Gillespie is talented. Her last album, Chamma, finished 2014 on the Billboard Top 25. She has the voice that can carry a song and the right beat blends for remarkable music. Why does it sound like there is a “but” coming along? Because there is. Cure of Dreaming feels like a number of individual songs tossed together into one album so the fans can have it all at once. For some types of music this works, for the generally slower music that carries a lot of the rhythms it does not.
Through the first couple of songs I was enjoying myself and the music that Gillespie had delivered. Then about halfway through listening I realized I had stop really listening. I was hearing the music, but Cure for Dreaming had become Cause for Dreaming. In a mix of dozing off and day dreaming I realized that the music was not hitting me the same way it had at the start.
“Part Potawatomi” is the third song, and it could not have been in a worse location. It drags at 4 minutes and 47 second and brings the quick start to the album down quickly. The flip side of this is that the piano melody from “Last Mystery Train” seems that much more enjoyable as the fifth track begins. However, it begins to die out at the end again which is almost becoming a theme.
The slow end to LMT leads into “Involuntay Sway” which is heard as the best song on the album. Listening to the songs individually, I hold the same feeling, just not as strongly. The location of Sway is perfect to pick the album back up, but that comes at the hands of other songs letting it down.
Right in line with the songs, the album begins to die out at the end. “His Voyage Innocent” is another very solid song, but the monotony of the music is felt all the way through leaving “His Voyage Innocent” as a better individual song. Gillespie and company took an interesting approach to ending the album. “Pain Travels” is the most lacking of all the songs at the beginning which was leaving me disappointed. The last minute or so though may have been the best segment of music during the entire album. Leaving a nice taste in my mouth at the end, it brought me back to listen again when the cycle continued.
Overall Jenny Gillespie is remarkably talented and the songs are fantastic on their own. Had they been released individually they may have procured less attention, although I think they would have been received more warmly. Am I recommending the entire album? Yes, once. Am I recommending you scatter the songs throughout playlists? Absolutely.
Overall Score: 6.4/10
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