Review: The Cranberries – Dreams (Rock)

This review covers the alternative rock track The Cranberries – Dreams.

This track was released in 1993 on the album Everybody Else IS Doing It, So Why Can’t We?

The track starts with a reverse cymbal before the drum kit and guitars come in. The track then drops back. From there, the vocals come in softly. Some backup vocals join the main vocals in the process. The guitars then come in a bit more. Shortly after, the vocals go into a non-lyrical section.

After that, the vocals continue on in the verse. The track builds up somewhat before pulling back again. The vocals then hit the main chorus. This section is capped off with an instrumental section. From there, the vocals then enter a non-lyrical section. After that, the vocals are left to gradually lead the track out in a non-lyrical section.

For me, the vocals aren’t bad. The problem is that the mastering is pretty bad with this track. As a result, the vocals end up getting drowned out by the rest of the track. The non-lyrical portions really don’t help a whole lot with that because I they tend to hit a few green notes in the process.

The guitars are alright, but when the track goes into the main chorus, they pull back a lot to the point of being barely audible. While the vocals are almost intelligible in this section, they do pull back at rather peculiar times.

Overall, this is one of those tracks where mastering pretty much ruined the listening experience. The vocals get drowned out by the other elements half the time. It’s unfortunate because they really don’t sound too bad besides the non-lyrical section. I think the concept as a whole is there, but it wasn’t that well executed. So, a fairly average track.


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