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Album Review

Following the underperformance of Sin Miedo and her second-to-last placing in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, Spanish vocalist Soraya Arnelas returns to the English language for the third time with her fifth album, Dreamer. Whereas her previous two efforts, Ochenta's and Dolce Vita, focused almost entirely on renditions of '80s pop hits, her first release through Sony Records is a much more original affair, with just one cover version (a collaboration with Turkish pop star Beduk on his own hit, "Electric Girl") nestling alongside the ten original compositions. The former Operacion Triunfo runner-up may have come embarrassingly close to finishing rock-bottom while representing her country, but there are still several potential Eurovision entries-in-waiting such as the dreamy schlager pop of "Twilight," the infectiously upbeat glam-disco of "Ticking All the Boxes," and the unashamedly trashy Euro-dance of "I Got You," all of which suggest she's willing to have another crack at the contest in the future. But backed by French DJ Antoine Clamaran's production, the majority of Dreamer is more concerned with the dancefloor than "douze points," as evident on the September-esque synth pop of the opening title track, the bubbling techno of "You've Got the Music," and the seven-minute finale, "Close to Me," which fuses early-'90s Italo-house riffs, Vangelis-style piano chords and an intriguing use of Celtic violins to produce a seven-minute, Ibiza-friendly epic. Unfortunately, the ubiquitous Auto-Tune rears its robotic head on the Kesha-inspired trance-pop of "Give You Up," and the slinky electro of "In My Blood," rendering Soraya's disco diva vocals rather characterless, a term which could also be used to describe the generic David Guetta-style floor filler "Live Your Dreams." Dreamer shows enough potential to suggest Soraya's recent career troubles may have just been a blip, but in a busy female-led Euro-pop field, it's still doubtful whether it's distinctive enough to avoid getting lost in the crowd. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Best Eurodance cd ever!

All songs are amazing but my favorite are I Got You, Dreamer, Close To Me, & Twilight. Soraya Arnelas represented Spain in Eurovision in 2009 and this Dreamer album was best dance album 2010 on iTunes Europe. I'm so glad this is finally available on iTunes USA! I'm hoping iTunes USA will soon have more of Soraya's music videos and other albums.


Genre: Pop in Spanish

Years Active: '00s

Born in Tehran in the 1950s, future singer Soraya spent her teen years listening to the Western pop of the Beatles along with traditional Iranian music and jazz. Despite being encouraged by her parents and friends to try singing professionally, Soraya didn't consider it an option until the early 2000s. In 2002 she released the album New Melody,...
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Dreamer, Soraya
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: Sep 27, 2010

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