Dan Reed

Con­fes­sions

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff -

This is not a con­cept al­bum, but the 10 songs here are con­nected by Dan Reed’s spir­i­tual pos­i­tiv­ity, as he tells us that even when we are left bro­ken by the pur­suit of love, we should never aban­don the dream.

This might seem hope­lessly naive, but on his fourth solo al­bum, he makes it all work. Be­cause the flair and depth of

his mu­si­cal pas­sion over­comes any cyn­i­cism. The mu­sic has a gen­tle flow and glo­ri­ous de­light in life. The pace is se­date, al­most folksy, but it leaves an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion. Reed’s vo­cal method of telling a story through min­i­mal mod­u­la­tion lifts songs like Smile, Dis­tant Star and Cave In, mak­ing them feel both fresh yet also as if you’ve heard them a thou­sand times be­fore.

Reed mixes acous­tic nu­ances with funk flexes, and in do­ing so has cre­ated a richly re­ward­ing yet un­der­stated al­bum. He oozes a sup­ple class.

In­ti­mate songs with a pos­i­tive mes­sage.

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