By Chad Spalding, New Music Department
Anthony Venneri is an Italian songwriter, poet, and musician. His music was greatly influenced by Pink Floyd. King Crimson, John Lennon and the Eagles. Young Dream is Venneri’s seventh studio album. It features a variety of different sounds, ranging from rock to blues. Venneri is going for a classic, timeless sound in Young Dream that many of his influences achieved, but he ultimately failed.
The album starts off with with “Blue Unicorn,” a slow, romantic song with cliché lyrics, cliché guitar licks, and a cliché chorus. A listener would definitely be able to tell that Venneri was going for a Pink Floyd sound, but he did not accomplish it very well. The next song, “Fly,” is a bit of an improvement. It has a pretty catchy beat, but is pretty generic. This cliché trend continues throughout the whole album. The songs are repetitive, and the basic guitar/drum/piano beats are annoying and normal. The fifth song in the album, “I Want Christine,” sounds like Venneri is trying to achieve an 80’s funk sound. It features a pretty cool guitar solo about halfway through the song, but other than that, the same synth and drum repeats throughout the entire song. This song is followed by “Voice of Fire,” which sounds like a lullaby. It features slow cellos and violins and the occasional twinkle of a percussion instrument. About two minutes in, Venneri starts whispering into the microphone and the song just gets worse from there. The rest of the songs attempt to copy the style of Pink Floyd in The Wall, but they do not succeed. All the songs are just slow, repetitive, generic, and annoying.
Young Dream is an attempt to bring back the classic style of Pink Floyd and other similar bands, but Anthony Venneri does not succeed. The album could probably be used to put a baby to sleep, but other than that, I would recommend not listening. All the songs sound like any other romantic pop song you can think of.
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