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Fleischman, Robert: Look At the Dream

As the original lead singer of Journey, Robert Fleischman helped transition that group from a fusion outfit toward a mainstream rock band, but he left before Journey became the juggernaut it remains today. Instead, Fleischman pursued other musical directions, both in and out of the spotlight fronting a band called Channel, singing in the Vinnie Vincent Invasion, composing for TV and film, and releasing a series of solo albums. The latest of those CDs is Look At the Dream, 13 moody tracks that often evoke Peter Gabriel's post-Genesis material.

Early on, brooding songs like "Bluebird" and "Come Alive" fail to really, um, come alive smoldering somewhere between Fleischman's smoky vocals and pointed, introspective lyrics. But Look At the Dream picks up when Fleischman's spirits lift. The title track and "If I Only Had You" rock with the hopeful energy of a man holding on to fading or fleeting relationships, while the acoustic ditty "When You're Not Around" could have found a home in Todd Rundgren's catalog.

This is adult rock in every sense, and it doesn't sound at all like "Wheel In The Sky" and "Anytime" tunes Fleischman penned with Journey's Neal Schon, Ross Valory and Gregg Rolie. Clearly, the man has moved on, and he's assuming his listeners have, too.

Track Listing:
1) Come Alive
2) Bluebird
3) Where Love Go
4) Look At the Dream
5) Think I'm Falling
6) Circles
7) It's Only Love
8) If I Only Had You
9) When You're Not Around
10) Then There's You
11) Temptation
12) Hold On
13) Deja Vu

Added: April 19th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Robert Fleischman Web Site
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Language: english

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Fleischman, Robert: Look At the Dream
Posted by Shawn Groover on 2007-04-20 09:22:51
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Robert Fleischman is my favorite artist of all time. I would have preferred Journey if he stayed with the band,as his vocal range and songwriting ability exceed even the great Steve Perry. There are video clips around which demonstrate this.
2 songs from his 1979 solo album "Perfect Stranger" got my wife and I together.
They were "Southern Lights" and "All For You". How could I notlike this guy?!? Robert is also multi instrumental. He plays keyboards primarily but also guitar and bass. I have followed his career the best as I can and lemme tell's a longer road than one might think! If Robert plays anywhere near me, I'm buyin' a ticket, period. I for one, wish that Journey would ask Robert to come back. Robert has much that he can bring to both the band and audience. I would love to hear him do "Any Way You Want It", Wheel In The Sky" and "Don't Stop Belivin' ". Should that never happen, however, I would be just as pleased to see him out there doin' his own stuff. I am angry that Robert has been so under credited. It's gotta be nice that "The check is in the mail" with royalties and stuff, but folks.....please show this man some love. (I don't mean that gay stuff,either.)
It's tough for me to be objective. I am all for Robert.

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