Blending vocals that seem middle eastern with synthesized instrumentation and the basic elements of any three piece band, Dream Aria seeks to break the "rules" in the 21st Century musically, uniquely, and globally. I am not sure they will succeed, though, in becoming popular moneymakers with this approach. It falls short of grandeur, while sounding like a movie soundtrack; anything is possible. Ann Burstyn wails forth as lead singer here, backed by Gary Gray on drums, Jozef Pilasanovic on guitar, and co-writer Don Stagg on keyboards.
Going to Ann's website, www.annburstyn.com, I began to understand her sound when I read that she had written and recorded Egyptian-styled vocals for a museum exhibit in Ontario. Admirable that she draws upon those sessions, but incommensurable as most people I know cannot dance to that nor can I play it at any club I have ever played with the exception of New York City's Rainbow Room, and that was when the party included a belly dancer as part of the show!
All vibes considered, this album is not so much a dream as it is an incubus. I feel they should focus on one fruit or another, and grow it to perfection. Yes, it is not the idealistic utopian musical oasis we oft entreat, but the high priestess Ann and her merry men shall live to play another day. Dream Aria should have a bright future doing music with drama: writing and playing action movie and TV scores or jingles. Something tells me that this style may be the next "big thing," and you'll be telling me, "I told you so, Jimi!" I resist for now.
Dream Aria's website, www.dreamaria.com, is very functional and informative.
I bestow two-and-a-half operatically jammin' stars.