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- Language: English
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Other reviewers have commented extensively on this music and what it sounds like. My personal relationship to this music is probably similar to the others; I heard the single on the radio, fell in love with it, and also completely dug the album cover. I bought it on the spot and finally wore it out a few years ago. One rarely sees photography of such artistic quality and precision on album covers anymore.
I've also purchased some of Kate St. John's solo work ("Indescribable Night") and enjoyed that as well. But what ever happened to Gilbert Gabriel?
Do yourself a favor and get the other albums as well. Each has its own flavor, although I think this record displays a mid 1980's art-pop idealism that best illustrates the ambitions behind this band.
The 1980's weren't all full of junk (and heavy metal). This proves it.
Laird Clowes broke up The Act soon after their one album, "Too Late at 20" which featured bandmate Mark Gilmour, and decided to change directions. He teamed up with Gilbert Gabriel on keyboards and Kate St John on oboe and various other classical instruments to form the Dream Academy. Should Mark Gilmour's name strike you as a bit familiar, it's because he's the brother of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. That connection was enough to score David Gilmour's participation as Dream Academy's debut producer, and with his help, the atmospheric "The Dream Academy" was created.
Laird-Clowes had found the lyric he wanted to drape that infamous chorus across, an ode to tragic figure Nick Drake. The rest, as they say, is history. "Life in a Northern Town" became a sleeper hit and pulled Dream Academy's debut into both commercial and critical success. It also branded them with one hit wonder status, despite the fact that two other Dream Academy albums were chock full of similar fine songs. On this album alone, there were two other notable singles, in "The Love Parade," and (from the movie "Ferris Beuller's Day Off") the lovely "Edge of Forever." Also worth noting is the appearance of Peter Buck on the near Shakespeareanish tragic "The Party."
It's too bad this CD is out of print, as it certainly deserves better than to be remembered as its single scattered across so may 80's anthologies. "The Dream Academy" is worth looking for in the used stuff, and maybe sometime we will be fortunate enough that Rhino will be kind enough to release their import only greatest hits. For now, the three Dream Academy CD's have a permanent place in my library.
The first is "The Invisible Circus" film soundtrack--still available used here at Amazon. This was released around 2000, and the instrumental score (about 7-10 tracks) was composed by Nick Laird-Clowes. A few other Laird-Clowes originals are included under the guise of his recent band, Trashmonk. While the instrumental score tracks are fondly reminescent of the Dream Academy's folkish melodies, the Trashmonk songs are decidedly less relaxed (and didn't appeal much to me personally).
The other CD I wanted to note here is by a producer/DJ who goes by the name of Dario G. His CD, "Sunmachine," which is also available here at Amazon, is best described as pre-millennium electric anthems. It sounds a little like the music from Chicane's "Behind the Sun," only less trance-inflected. At any rate, the first track on "Sunmachine," is Sunchyme. This is only relevant on account of the song's base melody which derives heavily from Dream Academy's Life in a Northern Town, right down to the genuine inclusion of the chorus "Hey-oh-ma-ma-ma's." The original DA song isn't sampled quite enough for this to be a remix, but at the same time, Sunchyme contains so many elements of Life in a Northern Town, that it can't really be considered an altogether separate song. Anyone who might have heard this featured on a TV commercial for contact lenses a few years ago can now exhale. I, for one, am sleeping better now that I've found its source. The rest of Dario G's CD isn't bad either...given its age.
I hope this encourages someone out there.
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would probably be the hellenic etymology of their name
(academy and dream / trauma are both ancient...Read more