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Album Review

After two albums of neo-traditional Irish music, Mike Scott brings The Waterboys back to the big rock sound of earlier albums like This is the Sea. Coming after the remarkably accomplished Fishermen's Blues and Room to Roam, Dream Harder is a bit of a disappointment. Its best material doesn't carry the same weight as compositions from Blues — compare the simple beauty of Fishermen's Blues' "Has Anyone Hear Seen Hank" to Dream Harder's overblown "The Return of Jimi Hendrix." Scott can still bang out some good songs, but on Dream Harder there aren't as many as on previous efforts.

Customer Reviews

Good News....

Take notice of the site's review of this album at your peril, you are missing a quality body of music of you overlook this collection of songs. What they fail to inform you is that Rock is what Mike Scott and his Waterboys do best, see them play a full electric set and you'll apprecitate this. The New Life, Glastonbury Song, Preparing To Fly and Good News are the highlights on this album and are solid rock numbers. Mike's uplifting, soulful lyrics add a further dimension too.

Fantastic... all of it

I got this album the day it came out and never regretted it. Scott rocks... he always has. This album is full of great songs from start to finish.

I just found God where He always was!!! :-D

I don't know who wrote that original review, but I love Dream Harder! It's so spiritually uplifting, the hope and wonder that spills from Mike Scott's soulful expression echoes Kandinsky in The Glastonbury Song, The New Life, Good News and Preparing To Fly, so optimistic and full of joie de vivre!!! The eternally entertaining and theatrical The Return Of Pan is full of mystery, the W.B. Yeats inspired Love And Death is one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard, and The Wonders Of Lewis is just beautiful, a perfect daydream. Suffer helped me get through my divorce, Corn Circles is a quirky little track, Spiritual City is just so much fun, in fact the whole album exudes a celebration of life!


Formed: 1981 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Led by the literate singer/songwriter Mike Scott, the group's sole constant member, the mercurial Waterboys formed in London in 1981. Born December 14, 1958, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Scott first became involved in music as the creator of the fanzine Jungleland and later played in a series of local punk outfits. After college, where he studied English and philosophy, Scott and his band, Another Pretty Face, moved to London; following the group's breakup, he formed the Waterboys, so named after a line...
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