Title - 'Big Dream Baby'
Artist - Big Bus Dream
In truth, Big Bus Dream have been around for a while, you just might not have come across them before now. Which is both good news and bad news. For the fact that you know nothing about them is bad news since you've not been repeatedly listening to them for the past few years. But that also becomes good news for you now as their new album, Big Dream Baby is now out in the stores on U.S. independent label Wampus Multimedia.
This new album brings together acoustic guitar with a trip into some synth, but never forgets that, at heart, it is still a broad rock album. Inundated with totally electrified thoughts and creations, singer-songwriter Mike Shannon and guitarist-songwriter Chick Tsikouras have said that this new release showcases the fact that 'we are not defined by our setbacks, but they are always there.' Which is very true and marks the incidence proportion ratio for the causal effect on this recording as one that will resonate with you long after the final track.
On Big Dream Baby the Charlotte, North Carolina-based Big Bus Dream kicks off with the full on rock out 'My Parade,' a song that perfectly introduces Big Bus Dream to anyone that has yet to musically journey alongside them to this point. The psychedelic, Beatlesesque 'Little Bit Insane' is next, with the acoustic ballad 'Wonderland' (a tale of a family torn apart) one of the true stand out tracks on this new album.
The generic plods of both 'In & Out' and then the guitar heavy 'These Days' are next, but the album gets back on track with a tuneful lament of time’s march, the seemingly Waits-inspired ballad 'Fried.' Big Bus Dream continue onwards with vibrancy via the upbeat light-ska-fused 'Laughing,' before the beautiful guitar work of the lyrically circular 'Trapped' is brought forth.
The gentle story-telling of 'Mary's Spoken' is next, with the synth-inspired 'Letting Go' following. The lush 'I'd Follow You' is yet another great track, before the rock of 'Here I Am' is backed by the excellent acoustic guitar work of 'Utopia.' A sound similar to an old-fashioned police siren wail leads us into the rap-fused 'Charlie's Gone,' before the 15 track album is rounded out with what might well be the best song on the new release, the insanely highly-melodic 'C'mon & Run.'