Dreamland begins with the titular effort; listeners will be immediately hooked by Dane’s familiar yet inimitable style. I feel that the opening effort provides a full explanation for the styles and influences that are to follow. Once In A While has a timeless feel to it that provides a much richer instrumentation than is typically heard in pop music. Dane’s vocals perfectly fit with the track’s bouncing beat; hints of Hilary Duff and Selena Gomez can be heard. The emotional intensity of the album intensifies during Tuesday’s Just as Bad. Dane is able to strike a chord that will resonate loudly with listeners. The track works well in preserving the momentum of the first trio of songs.
In a period that is marred by a focus on the single, I feel that the whole of Dreamland provides listeners with a cohesive vision of Dane. Until It’s Gone allows Dane to use her vocals not only for narration, but as an additional instrument to work off of for the band. The resulting dynamic makes for one of Dreamland’s strongest track. 98 is the final effort on Dane’s latest; it showcases what had been the norm for the album and marries it to the unknown. By the time Dreamland finishes up, listeners will want to know more about Charlie Dane.
There is a maturity to the compositions on Dreamland that belie Dane’s youth. Make sure to check out her website for more information about new recordings, tour dates, and some great music. Dreamland would be a solid birthday or holiday gift for a teen or anyone that appreciates thoughtful and emotionally fulfilling music.
Top Tracks: Tuesday’s Just As Bad, Once in a While
Charlie Dane – Dreamland (CD) / 2012 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.charliedane.com