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Day Dream'n

Review by Gary Hill

This is a soulful, modern pop oriented set. It has a lot of mainstream appeal, but it isn't without its defects. The first is not really an issue for people who only take their music in single song, rather than album dosages. That problem is that there too little change in terms of sound and tempo from song to song. It makes it feel a bit like one long song after a while. As I said, that's not a huge problem. The other issue is that the vocals have a tendency to wander off key at times. That one detracts more from the enjoyment principle. The album shows a lot of promise, though. With a bit more attention to varying the song structures and keeping the vocals on key, Omeri can produce something stunning. As it is, this has some shining moments.
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Track by Track Review
Day Dream'n

There is a jazzy kind of pop vibe to this cut. The groove is solid, and the hooks work well.

I Guess I'll Be Waiting

On the surface this is a tasty, bouncy little pop rock tune. It would be a lot more effective if the vocals stayed on key throughout. They seem to struggle with that in places, though.

If I Could Read Your Mind
Now, this is better. The groove and energy are great. The vocals are more consistently on target. There is a lot of jazz in this. I love the guitar solo.
Don't Look for Me
A bit mellower number, this has some of that jazz texture, too. It's a more effective tune, as well.
Genuine Love
Another jazzy tune, this is pretty cool. This is one of the more effective pieces, but the whole set is beginning to feel a little monolithic by this point.
One Night
This song actually represents some variety with a slow soulful groove. The problem is that the vocals lose track into "off key" territory a bit here, too. It's a shame because this might have been the highlight of the set.
Day Dream'n (Extended)
Here we get an extended re-do of the opener.
One Night (Reprise)
This is literally what is say it is, a reprise of the previous tune. I like this a lot.
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