CD review STAN BUSH ‘Dare to Dream’

Stan Bush is certainly no stranger to rock and AOR, as Bush has had his great moments and worked with such greats as Jim Vallance and Paul Stanley.

With ‘Dare to Dream’ the singer releases his new album, packed with catchy rockers that can best be described with the song ‘The 80’s’. I have to admit that the song fascinates me, which probably has something to do with age. ‘The 80’s’ is like a journey back in time to my youth, a time with bands like Bad English and Def Leppard in the ‘Hysteria’-era with the one or the other reference to the latter certainly not being entirely coincidental.

But the song is also a representative for the whole ‘Dare to Dream’ album. It’s hard to resist the melodies and even the toughest rocker will find his foot tapping along to songs like ‘Heat to Attack’. Tunes like ‘True Believer’ are well made and of course, a great ballad should not be missing on such an album. ‘Live and Breathe’ is one of them, with a lot of Foreigner vibe embedded.

All in all, ‘Dare to Dream’ is certainly not an album that turns the music world upside down. The dreams here are more directed towards the past and are more memories than dreams. Nevertheless, the album is entertaining because it catches the listener, if you want it or not.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Born to Fight
  2. Dare to Dream
  3. The Times of Your Life
  4. A Dream of Love
  5. The 80’s
  6. Live and Breathe
  7. Heat of Attack
  8. Dream Big
  9. True Beliver
  10. Never Give Up
  11. Home

Label: Cargo Records UK

Genre: AOR

Release Date EU: November 20th, 2020

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