Dreams In America is a cracking title for a Luka Bloom album for, despite his Irish brogue, there's always a sense of the homesick Irish immigrant in the songs he writes.
Revisiting a selection of killer stage staples such as The Acoustic Motorbike, and some unexpected album tracks, Bloom presents a retrospective of his work by performing them again with some imaginative but subtle enhancements.
His unique vocal style - warm folk tones that are stretched ever so slightly into unlikely pitches and places (note the way he warbles the word "dreams" on the title track) - is a simple lesson in precision of delivery as he illustrates normality's intriguing, and occasionally disturbing, ways.
With a lengthy career that has seen him tour and record with consistent success, he appears to pay scant regard to changes in the music world.
Apart from his stream of consciousness rapping on the melodramatic Bridge Of Sorrow his style is that of the wandering troubadour. The storyteller with an uncanny knack for touching on the essence of humanity and its quest for warmth and comfort.
Dreams In America is a veritable treasure trove of memorable pleasures that deserves nothing but unconditional recommendation.
Enjoy it, then investigate further.
Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.