CD ReviewsAMERICAN DREAMS
It's ironic that this album's cover is a picture of the Oak Ridge Boys in a baseball stadium, because this record is an absolute home run! This is a fantastic album no matter how you slice it.
American Dreams starts off very fast with an upbeat Cajun number called "Cajun Girl". This is just a fun song that will have you singing along in no time. "An American Family" is a beautiful slow song that tells the story of the family next door. Then we are treated to the Oaks beautiful harmonies in "Turning For Home". "Don't Give Up" is a fast paced tune that preaches never giving in no matter what the circumstance. Richard Sterban croons the love song "Bed Of Roses" with his signature abysmal voice. This album ends with a profound song called "The American Dream", sung by Steve Sanders, which recounts simpler times turned to tougher times, yet encourages to "keep on dreamin' the American dream".
The crown jewel of this album is the superb "No Matter How High". This is a tremendous song sung by the soulful baritone Steve Sanders. This song soared to #1, and rightfully so. The chorus in this song is tremendously catchy and will be stuck in your head for days to come.
The harmonies on this album are very clear and wonderful. Richard Sterban's bass voice can be heard clearly throughout this record, and even seems to be turned up in the mix at time to make sure you hear him. Sterban is really allowed to shine on this record, and takes immense advantage of the opportunity, as he seems to hit low notes in these songs that he has rarely attempted before.
The low points of this disc are almost microscopic. The Oak Ridge Boys are a well oiled machine that just keeps doing what it does best; treating their fans to a yearly collection of great songs to feast their ears on.
Outstanding Cuts: No Matter How High, Cajun Girl, An American Family, The American Dream
Cut Outs: In My Own Crazy Way