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Friday, July 18, 2008

CD Review: The Iambic Dream Project - Identity Crisis: Aliens, Beduins and Leos

The Iambic Dream Project - Identity Crisis: Aliens, Beduins amd Leos
2003, Iambic Dream Music

The Iambic Dream Project is something of a mess. Sometimes its a glorios mess, sometimes its not so glorious. The concept envisioned by producer Wael K is to create a collective of 50-plus artists and let their creative collaboration run a little mad. Then Wael K reins them in and culls the best of the material for a "supergroup" album for the ages. It is a concept that works at times, and falls short of the mark at others. On the whole, Identity Crisis: Aliens, Beduins and Leos is an interesting experiment with some nice finds.

Hero Worship is a mildly peppy R&B song on an electronic bed. An enjoyable listen. Flying Solo is probably my favorite song on the album, coming across as a post-modern Rat Pack tune, complete with Vegas horn section. July Rose is a frantic punk-rocker that is 1:58 of pure punk bliss. Other highlights include the raucous roadhouse rock of I Could Be Free and the tragic remembrance Angelina.

Identity Crisis is aptly named. Thirteen songs is not enough to allow this collective of artists to find an identity or direction, but there are some real gems to be found within. The Iambic Dream Project will hopefully see more installments, as there is real talent here.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about The Iambic Dream Project at You can purchase a copy of Identity Crisis: Aliens, Beduins and Leos at

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