Sunday, 9 May 2021
Review: Angel Dreams (Bubble Gum Orchestra)
#1,586: When it comes to Michael Laine Hildebrandt and Bubble Gum Orchestra, it really is a case of "Hello My Old Friend" after two extended breaks from social media during which Yours Truly KJS unfortunately missed running the proverbial ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) rule over the four BGO releases since their eighth outing "Zentopia" in 2018. Unveiled at the end of April, new album "Angel Dreams" undoubtedly enforces the reputation that BGO have built up whilst following in the footsteps of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) for their classic semi-orchestrated rock over the decade since the ethereal "Out Of This World" first reached our ears.
The eleven trax that comprise "Angel Dreams" take the listener on an emotional journey of love, angst, devotion and release riding on the waves of the known impressive musical talents of BGO maestro Michael Laine Hildebrandt who has again written, played, arranged and produced the whole record from conception to completion. Lead single "Missing Me, Missing You" (click here to hear) is a wonderful example (with those fabtastic ELOesque layered backing vox) of what to expect of what is an upbeat and heartfelt offering.
Whereas opener "Pure Ecstasy" is atypical BGO, oozing energy and passion as the first chapter of this musical love story, it also prepares the way for wonderfully catchy foot tappers such as "Dance With Me Tonight", the anthemic declaration of "The Luckiest Man", sublime instrumental "Angel Dreams", "Sweetheart Girl" and "Die For Your Love Tonite" which are perfectly balanced by pensive ballads including "I'll Pray For You" and "Confessions In The Moonlight". As mentioned previously, listening to these songs is like visiting with an old friend and remembering all the good times whilst enjoying all the latest happenings. If you haven't already done so, you should "Go BGO!" and experience these "Angel Dreams" for yourself. KJS/ELOBF fave track: "Angel Dreams (Instrumental)" ★★★★★
"Angel Dreams" by Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) is now available in download format via this link thus:
ELOBF/BGO Album Reviews
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends "Angel Dreams" by Bubble Gum Orchestra to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the elobf universe ... KJS ... 09-May-2021