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Album Review

Though the bandmembers in Dreams So Real did work very well together, they never developed a really distinct sound. On Gloryline, the band delivered some tight, rollicking Southern rock with a hint of folk twang, but nothing to set them apart from their contemporaries. Barry Marler sings with passion but not a whole lot of character, and every track sounds good while it's actually playing. There is evidence that the trio format was confining to the band, since the standout tracks on this album are the ones that feature additional instrumentation by guest musicians. The best track, "Overton Park/Faith," also contains more of a hint of the folksy twang that this group displayed on their first album. The nadir of the package is the pointless remake of "Day After Day," which is worthy of a Holiday Inn lounge band. The fact that Dreams So Real could put such a generic pop clunker in the midst of an otherwise intermittently interesting album is as much confirmation as is needed that they really didn't know what they wanted to sound like.

Customer Reviews

Another consistent record from DSR......

DSR produces another very consistent set of tracks. The production on this disk is more distinctive than on "Rough night in Jericho". I would disagree with the album review above in that DSR didn't have a distinctive sound. At the time of this record I thought that they did set themselves apart from a lot that was going on around them. Their rhythym section was very powerful live and Marler's guitar playing made one think there had to be two guitars. I think the "Georgia clay" did come through on this record more than the first. It is great to hear Cindy Wilson's backing vocals on the rocker, "stand tall". "Gloryline", "Stand tall", "Overton Park/Faith", and "World Gone Mad" are all excellent songs. I don't disagree with the album review that "Day after Day" doesn't necessarily fit in with the rest of these songs.......but I like to hear it anyway. Personally, I would have rather heard their version of "the Seeker", which always brought the house down live. A really fine album from an interesting time in Athens, GA. I think the songs have stood the test of time. Too bad more people didn't get to hear it when it came out.

Damn fine Group

Like most of the other reviewers here of DSR, I too agree they DID have a distinctive sound. They did suffer from comparisons to REM. And REM had a more streamlined poppy sound that was built for the radio. Dreams So Real had a harder sound. These guys should have been huge!!! I 'm very glad to see that I tunes finally has them, I've been waiting for a while.


Formed: 1984 in Athens, GA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s

One of the lesser-known guitar pop bands to emerge from the fertile Athens, GA, music scene of the mid-'80s, Dreams So Real formed in 1984. Singer/guitarist Barry Marler met bassist Trent Allen and drummer Drew Worsham in a local record store, and within a year the trio released its first single, the psychedelia-inspired "Everywhere Girl." The single was produced by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, who also helmed Dreams So Real's first full-length effort, 1986's Father's House. A featured appearance...
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