7 February 2018
Dream Wife - Dream Wife
The hype machine behind Dream Wife is strong, I've been hearing their name long before I heard any of their music. So, who is this three-piece punk act? Formed in Brighton, but now based in London, Dream Wife is a punk trio who take their influences from the likes of David Bowie, Sleigh Bells, Peaches, Talking Heads, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Be your own, and many more. Their latest video for the song "Hey Heartbreaker" has been getting a lot of attention, with a strange vision of the future where songs are played by robots, and they are held against their will in a sleazy bar to perform forever. It's a strange video, but I can see why it's getting attention from all areas of the press. But what about the album, how has that turned out?
01 - Let's Make Out
"Let's Make Out" is a song about sex, attraction, and shyness. It's an energetic yet standard punk opening that hits all the right moves. I can't say I'm bowled over by it, but it's not doing anything bad either. It's a decent opening, one which I'm sure will go down well with their audience.
02 - Somebody
You can hear the Bowie influence on "Somebody", it shines out of this old-school rock track for all to see. It's another decent number, and I can see the appeal, but it doesn't quite hit the mark for me. This review is short and sweet, like the song itself.
03 - Fire
"Fire" feels like it's about to explode, it's bubbling along and then it drops in energy. Even when we get to the chorus and bridge sections, it's a case of doing ok, but it doesn't contain that extra something special to make it memorable, to give it character. Once again, the track is missing that attention-grabbing factor.
04 - Hey Heartbreaker
"Hey Heartbreaker" is the song of the moment for Dream Wife, it's a glam rock number that has swagger engraved into its very essence. This will be well received by their audience, but I'm still not feeling the excitement of hearing something new. It's decent enough with a glam-edge, but it has been done before.
05 - Love Without Reason
"Love Without Reason" mixes the band's classic rock sound with a dream-pop/shoegazing sound, creating another Alternative love song that talks about the beginning of a relationship, when love is all new and everything is coming together slowly. This is the first song that I've engaged with from the very start, it just works for me and it has the right amount of distortion and love mixed together to create this song. It's not perfect, but it's standing out from the crowd on this album.
06 - Kids
"Kids" is back on the glam-influenced trip, with a song about the days of youth, how those feelings will never end and how they'll never grow old, even though there will be changes. "Kids" has a nice sentiment, it's a song that will ring true to some people, but the underlying level of confusion in the song distracts me a bit.
07 - Taste
"Taste" is a song about wanting to be with someone, having the courage to lay your feeling out in the open, hoping that the other person reciprocates the feelings. It continues the trend of the album for me, it sounds decent enough and it's not a bad song, but it's also not connecting with me either which is a running theme with Dream Wife.
08 - Act My Age
"Act My Age" is an aggressive number, with a righteous anger, stemming from the fact that someone is telling them to act their age after they admitted fear to a situation. It's a sentiment that I understand, I don't think anyone cannot appreciate those feelings. It's another interesting number, it has an energy that gives it an edge that has not always been apparent on this album.
09 - Right Now
"Right Now" is a song about wanting to meet someone, maybe spend the night together, and to basically do something other than being bored. To be honest, "Right Now" has a filler feeling to it, it's glam rock stylings falling a little flat with no spark to the song sadly.
10 - Spend the Night
"Spend the Night" is another song about love and the desire to have a companion for the night, and the request is mixed with a subtle vulnerability. It's a gentle song, not a ballad in any way, shape or form, but one that shows a vulnerability that is endearing. I really like this song for that reason alone, the ability to admit your emotions is a beautiful thing in this world.
11 - F.U.U.
"F.U.U." (aka Fuck You Up) is a defiant middle finger to the world, an anthem for the self-aware and a threat of harmful intent to wrongdoers. After "Spend the Night", it's a polar opposite in terms of context, but it makes sense at the same time. If you're going to end an album, you might as well go out with a bang and "F.U.U." certainly does that. I must applaud this one as well, it might not be exactly to my taste, but I appreciate the sentiment.
Dream Wife have released a decent album here, one which I know will be well received by their audience, and for people who love their sound to be retro, but who are still to explore all of the classics. But that retro sound just reminds me too much of their influences for Dream Wife to stand out of the crowd for me, it just doesn't have the required level of influences and originality to make more than a passing glance for me. It's not a bad album at all, the music is decent, but they need something else to make their songs seem special and it's not quite there. I hope that this acts as a platform for something else, as the world sorely needs bands like Dream Wife, because the Rock world is far too male orientated. I will be looking for album number two, just to see where they have gone from here.
6.5 out of ten - Now I see where you were going, but it's not quite there yet.
Top track - Spend the Night
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