"Dreams Deferred" CD
Genre: singer / songwriter, pop /
rock, adult alternative
You folks remember Duncan Sheik? He had a
hit with "Barely Breathing" but few realize he released five competent
singer/songwriter albums, including 2006's acclaimed White
Limousine. Well, Edmonton's Andrew Pahl is like Duncan
Sheik number two. His Dreams Deferred is a consistent,
solid work of pop/rock targeted at the adult alternative demographic.
He's glossed his sound up more than Sheik's earlier efforts,
and it sounds a bit more contemporary, but if you like one you'll
probably dig the other.
This record isn't exactly my bag, but I can respect
catchy pop music when I hear it. A tune like "Shaken" is a basic pop
tune with more hooks than a slaughterhouse, and "Crazy" has a pretty
release melody. Whether it's the more "rock"-y stuff like "The World
Surrounds You" or the fragile acoustic strokes of a song like "Across
the Waves," this stuff is catchy enough to get trapped in your head
within two listens. I would have liked Pahl to try something a
little less conservative on Dreams Deferred, but I can
appreciate the importance of a solid, simple singer/songwriter record
now and again. This is a likeable, pleasant album that could be
enjoyed by many if given the right promotion. And I like it a lot
better than much of the contrived "singer / songwriter" stuff that's
given radio airtime these days.
andrew pahl's myspace
Duncan Sheik's video for "Barely Breathing"
[Vitals: 12 tracks,