"Puppet" (EAR/EMI Records; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Dreaming is fronted by the former lead singer of Stabbing Westward. This is their second disc; their first was entitled "Etched In Blood." I can't help but say this disc sounds a lot like the band Ra. I don't know why, but every song has that "I've heard this before" thought lingering. The music is well-written and Christopher Hall has a great singing voice and every now and then a Stabbing Westward vibe will sneak in and break up the hypnotic party.

The disc has a dark tone to it but the melodic parts bring it back when it gets too gloomy. The guitar has an electronic buzz sound and when they mix the vocals in it could almost be a dance song. The music does start to repeat itself after a while, but there are enough original sounds to keep it from endlessly seaming together.

Keyboards help bring an airy sound to some of the songs during the bridges and the guitar has a tough sound on a few songs so the musical element is full but not heavy. A few of the songs will slow down in the middle with some ambient music in the background but they will build back up to power the song through. Overall, it’s a good disc to keep you moving if you drive to work or need something to get a project done around the house.

Songs to repeat, "It's No Good," and "Solo Crucifixion."

The Dreaming: Christopher Hall – lead vocals; Johnny Haro – drums; Eric Griffin – guitars; Martin Kelly – bass; Ryan Seelbach – guitars.

For more information, check out http://www.thedreamingband.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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