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Album Review

This dance duo loads its debut album with plenty of flash from the techno guidebook. That means many squealing synths and heightened emotional release are on display. It also means there isn't much going on beneath the glitzy surface. "U R the Best Thing" was a club hit, and it's the only reason to hear this unremarkable album.

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early house!?!?!

quite a great album, always has been, but does sound dated, but still brings back many memories!

The album as a whole is brilliant

Though I love almost every song on the album (something I haven't said about an album from a single group in a long while), it takes on an entirely new meaning and depth if you look at the album as though it were a story with each song a new chapter.

I don't know if the artist intended this to happen, but it follows a beautiful storyline perfectly:
It's the story of someone who felt trapped and hopeless who desperately wants to an escape from the mundane, emotionless life they live (Take me Away) And sure enough, the man meets someone who changes everything and opens him up to the passion of life. In UR The Best Thing, you can hear the chorus change from a yearning, melancholy cry out in pain that he has finally found someone to love, someone that changes everything---but he can't have a relationship with the other person. The chorus changes from yearning to calm, but still melancholy acceptance of the fact that at least he got to experience love once. Even though it will never be the same again.

In response to his recent heartbreak and his newly found sense of recklessness, he pluges himself into a dark, sexual exploration of depravity and carelessness, masking any pain with indifference. People become sexual objects and he tries to convince himself that he likes it. The musical interlude in Glorious gives us a moment without words that sounds latino in nature- a real departure from the rest of the album. It's as though the artists wanted you to know that during this time of sexual escapades, the man finds someone completley different from what he is used to--almost unexpected. As he lets himself go to experience love and passion without the self-hatred, it's as though he is thrust out of the wild times and into a moment of introspection.

In So Long, Movin On, you can hear in the tone of his voice the desire to stay, but the understanding that when he started this relationship, it was to be temporary--a summer fling. He is leaving like he agreed to from the beginning, but sadly, and wishing the other person would call him back. Though it is not the same as his first love, he has a genuine affection for the person, but he leaves regardless--unknowingly too far along the path to his own destruction to stop.

In Things Can Only Get Better (the song that saved my life, literally), the man reaches rock bottom and is lifted up by the most amazing chorus of angels letting him know that it is time to heal and time to rid himself of the burdens of his previous self-hatred and abuse.

Finally, with his anger and resentment gone for real, he is able to return to his true love and share with them the joy and passion and sincere appreciation for opening up the heavens to him and for being the shining star that led him out of his misery and delivered him to a place of higher understanding.

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Now, like I said, this may not have been the intention of the artists, but it is so beautifully put together in this way that I can't help but believe in some force or energy that needed to be expressed. And D:Ream does a beautiful job of it--thank you.

Side Note: At age 20 I weighed 242 pounds, I was 5'10" tall, I had recently been let off the hook after 3 DUIs because my boss basically bought my freedom. I hated people in general, I was making great money and experiencing some national notoriety for my digital prepress work (back in 1990, lol) I was arrogant and hateful. I had been allowed by the court to go to Seybold to sit on a panel and it cost my boss a lot of money in fines, etc. I had my own suite at the Sheraton Palace and my own car/driver. I had social engagements lined up every night of the week with people I despised--it was all political. I put up with it all and played along, but I had a plan: on Thursday night I would take the car to the Castro where I would basically buy the affections of some idiot. I would get drunk and have the driver deposit me on the Golden Gate Bridge where I would jump to my death--leaving behind an essay on how little I value people and how money could buy anything--like it bought my freedom. I went the the Castro, drank my signature 21 shots of Jaeger Meister in about an hour and told the bartender that I wanted to go to a "club" since I had never been and this was my last night on the planet. He suggested that I go to Club O, which I did. I walked in with my hair feathered and highlighted by Chaz (cost about $400), my $3000 three-piece suit, my diamond cufflinks, my Oliver Peeple's real tortoise shell frames (I didn't wear glasses except for fashion). Needless to say, I stood out like a sore thumb--or wait, more like a fat, pretentious idiot. Well, I fell in love that night and it was the undeniable kind of love that makes you weak in the knees. I knew it from the second I saw him and though I tried to avoid him, his friends conspired to get us together. He offered a hit of ecstacy, which I took, and within a couple of minutes we were dancing on the dancefloor that was made of translucent plastic squares that had sparking blue lights far underneath them. The club was an old YMCA and we were dancing over the swimming pool..it was wild. So, as I am dancing and laughing and having the best time of my life, I keep having these waves of emotion that I couldn't explain. I was never this out of control, but it felt good.

So finally, as I was peaking on my ecstacy, all the lights in the club went dark except the sparkles in the pool. Then blue searchlights pointed to the floor as the song, "Things can only get better" was coming through the sound system. As Nicky Rivera built the song up and the searchlights started pointing upwards--all blue, the chorus climaxed and at that exact moment, the glass domed roof of the club opened up and all of this freezing cold air from outside came rushing in to the dancefloor with the stars open above. I fell to my knees and wept. That song saved my life.

awsome

Things Can Only Get Better is the best song ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 1991 in London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s

Peter Cunnah and DJ Al MacKenzie captured the number one spot on U.S. and U.K. dance charts in mid-1992 with their first techno-pop single, "U R The Best Thing." A remix of the single hit No. 1 on the U.K. pop charts in early 1994, and their debut...
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