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Damon Mitchell

Like You're In A Dream

Review by Gary Hill

Ohio-based songwriter and musician Damon Mitchell has released a fine album with Like You're In A Dream. The set lives in a place where multiple genres of music and time periods seem to merge. The one constant is quality. This is quite an intriguing set from start to finish, and it never fails to entertain.

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Track by Track Review
Like You're In A Dream
Suitably there is a dreamy edge to this number as it gets underway. The piece combines Americana with a 1970s pop rock sound. For some reason I'm reminded just a little of Greta Van Fleet. There is plenty of folk rock in the mix on this opener. It has some great hooks and is quite effective.
Have I Said Enough
There are definite hints of country music here. This song is another with plenty of classic pop rock in the mix, too. There instrumental section on this tune is on fire and even leans toward psychedelia and prog rock.
Dance With Me
There is a quirky power-pop vibe to this piece. It's a fun tune that's another winner add to the string of them.
Blurry
Energetic and pop rock oriented, this is another entertaining piece. It's nothing Earth-shattering, but it's effective.
Secretary Song
A bit more mainstream rock sound is on the menu here. This has a more contemporary sound than the cuts that preceded it did. There are some intriguing instrumental hooks and changes, and the whole cut is classy.
From California
Starting with a piano and vocal arrangement, this cut grows outward eventually into a jazzy kind of contemporary mellow balladic pop piece. It brings some variety and works pretty well.
Okay
I love this rocker. It has a mainstream poppy vibe. There are some instrumental things that lean toward proggy. It's a solid song that shows another side of the sound.
To Have Lost
The closer is a ballad that has a lot of folk music built into it. It's another strong cut on a disc full of strong music.
 
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