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features reviews from various independent musicians that submit material for our consideration.
I wanted to let you know a little
about our review teams collective thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that we review know how we
think of their music and how we listened to their creations.
First of all, we strongly believe that if your music stinks then
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Dream Chemistry -
by Dream Chemistry
OK, how can I write an objective review when I'm reviewing another member of our review team?
Dream Chemistry is fronted by Sacred Rite guitarist and EvO:R member
Jimmy Dee Caterine.
Sacred Rite's last CD was voted the Best Independent CD ever recorded by our independent review
panel and now we are reviewing his solo project. The fact that my name wasn't mentioned in the liner notes of this CD should qualifies me as a
non-biased reviewer, so here we go.
Dream Chemistry was a solo project that was dreamed up by Jimmy Caterine
about 10 years ago. "It just took a long time
to find the players that could take good direction and eventually come into their own within that direction" say Caterine.
Formed in 2007 by Jimmy Caterine playing 6 and 12 string guitar and Neal Harris who played bass, udu and chimes. The band was supported by Tito Valentin on percussions, Michael Mulryan on violin and
Ella McGee taking on the vocals. Their original concept was to organize and perform at benefit functions and help
raise money for several worthwhile causes. The self titled release contains 11 original tracks plus 2 bonus mixes. The disc includes
quest appearances by violinist and fellow EvO:R-ian Louis Lamp, who co-wrote the track
'Are You Ready' which appears on the CD.
The Dream Chemistry project is nothing like anything I have ever heard Jimmy Caterine involved in. There are no massive amp racks or huge drum kits.
The music is soothing while retaining the listeners intellectual interest. Jimmie puts down his electric axe in favor of an acoustic 6 and 12 string instrument.
His brilliant chops take a back seat on this CD as Jimmy concentrates more on song structure and less on blazing technique.
My only real issue with the CD in general was the way they recorded the singers voice. Ella McGee has a wonderful voice but in the studio
they decided to hide her voice behind a wall of studio effects. This lady can sing but she was killed by the engineer. Todd Rundgren called the studio
"another instrument" and I wished Dream Chemistry would have used less of that other instrument and allowed Ella McGee's voice
to be fuller in the mix.
Musicially, the band is tight. A number of songs are instrumental tunes with Jimmy's guitar leading the charge.
He trades licks on a number of tracks with
violin player Michael Mulryan. This created some musicial excitement as both violin and guitar feed off one another ala Dave Matthews Band.
After listening to the Dream Chemistry CD I can understand what fans of Richie Blackmore must have felt when they plunked down
$50.00 for a good seat to
see Blackmore Nights only to see the the former guitarist of Deep Purple and Rainbow take the stage armed with a cello and not a
fender strat and a wall of amps.
Jimmy has taken a huge step away from his metal world to complete this project. I don't know if this was a one time offering or the band
plans to continue this Dream Chemistry journey. I can only hope they come back again next year with another addition.
Samples from the CD: All Samples are from a page at CDBaby.com
Caught in the Act/
Heros in the East/
Are You Ready/
Breath of Fresh Air/
Overall, this CD gets an A-. I would have given the band my highest recommendation had they
not played studio with the singers voice. Come on guys, take a few minutes and do a search of Kitty Dakota and
listen to her voice then let your girl sing!
Dream Chemistry is still a must have
offering by some very talented musicians from the Arizona desert. Must be something in the air out there.
Charlie Harrelson Evo:R Reviewer.
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