Review Summary: Tell me why you broke our love…
It’s been three years since we last heard from the Dream On Dreamer camp. Tales of breakups and life changing cancer has spread through this Australian based force of angst. The band’s latest, It Comes and Goes
is an emotional roller coaster, providing healing for its members and endearing listen for long time fans. It’s these concepts, so personal to the group’s members that Dream On Dreamer’s newest album centres. It Comes and Goes
defines itself as a passing affair, rather than capitalising on the quality it hints at.
The group’s newest offering is a single led affair, bulked out by any number of filler. “Let It In” is confrontational, yet sickly sweet. The usual nuances that carries the ...Dreamer sounds have been dialed to eleven on the back of an emotionally charged writing process. It leaves fans a virulent swirling melody that swells the contextual basis of any casual listening mood. The trepidation found within the present day Dream On Dreamer camp sounds as honest as it will ever be. Despite this, It Comes and Goes
is thirty nine minute exercise in tiring cliche. Dealing with one’s mortality and potential death may find itself incredibly relatable to an audience waiting to be spoon fed their share of overly processed, tissue saturating angst… but it’s not exactly new from the Dream On Dreamer camp (or the genre to which the band belongs).
The brooding essence of “Stay”, “Same Old War”, “Shine” or “Paper Thin” only add to the album’s ‘drag along’ feel. At any given time, Dream On Dreamer launch into a bombastic chorus, dripping with an overblown emotive force, before slipping into a world of smooth electronic sections. The recipe works, so it’s present throughout It Comes and Goes
. The standouts are few and far between. Thankfully, there are a few decent moments of note, saving this display of self healing from the ...Dreamer camp. “Tell Me Why” is the stand alone saviour of the new album. Vocalist Marcel Gadacz can be an emotional singer, but it’s the album’s final moments that showcases a real, undeniable raw vocal talent. There’s no belt it out moments, no vocal flourish - instead he allows the mood and atmosphere to run a natural course. Of all of Dream On Dreamer’s songs, it’s “Tell Me Why” that continues to draw in listeners.
With such a specific, emotional contextual lyricism it’s easy to see why Dream On Dreamer’s newest record will be overrated. Save for a few tracks, It Comes and Goes
simply does what it says on the cover. Once the listener sees past all the anthem-like self help, they see just how self-indulgent Dream On Dreamer really are. Sure, it’s a great feeling to look forward and overcome, but that doesn’t define quality music. It Comes and Goes
is not a complete write off, just passable.