Dr. Manhattan - Jam Dreams
Record Label: Cassette Deck
Release Date: August 18th, 2009
Dr. Manhattan was dropped by their label, booking agent and their manager. The D-Men became something of a lost hope for a while. At a show in Chicago’s Metro last December, they debuted a handful of new songs. As news of their parting of ways with Vagrant surfaced, I wondered if the world would ever get to hear another Dr. Manhattan record. With the eagerness and generosity of engineer Casey Bates and Saves The Day’s Chris Conley, thay got a shot to make their second record -- for free. The end result turned out to be Jam Dreams, one of the best records of 2009.
Some tracks gained a lot of attention at shows well before the record could be heard. The already fan favorites “Biscuits and Groovy” and “Mailman” are well represented in studio form with gut-busting grooves from the former and incredible guitar work on the latter. The band has seemed to be able to capture an excellent live vibe throughout the record. Tracks like “Camping Ground,” “Texas” and “Man With a Woman's Chest” are done with such intensity that it’s nearly impossible to not want to blow your speakers out listening to these jams.
By no means is this a perfect record. The best example of its imperfection its the very first track, “Electraumatized.” The song's awkward opening hook and chorus is thankfully salvaged by the high energy tag-team verses. I just wish that song didn't open up Jam Dreams. Another later track, “Cowgirl,” is a cute love song, but overall it comes off awkward and uncharacteristic to the album.
If I could highlight a song in every highlighting color, I’d highlight “Misses Steward.” This goofy Beastie Boys-esque song, seemingly about motorboating a rather large pair of breasts, is done better than the Beastie Boys could ever do it. Sure, maybe the Beastie Boys can spit hot fire a tad better than the D-Men, but the Beastie Boys couldn’t write a song with a catchier chorus that fills any room in seconds like Dr. Manhattan does.
Dr. Manhattan does it better the second time around with catchier songs, louder screams and wittier lyrics. I don’t care if you buy it, steal it, beg or borrow it. You need this record in yours hands (or some equivilant). Dr. Manhattan is on the right path.
I don't think this deserves a 94%, i don't really feel like you justified why it did either. In my opinion, its no way near the quality of their last release. It's still decent though, so i'd probably give it a 75%-85%.
So I saw Dr. Manhattan a few months back and never had heard their music before. I was blown away with fun, and it was one of the best shows I have been to. Then I picked up Jam Dreams off Itunes. It definitely deserves a 94 percent if not more. First off, the songs are original with a a difference in each song. Today, most bands songs are very similar or if they are different it doesn't come together wel. Dr. Manhattan's Jam Dreams so far is my favorite new album this year.
The bass lines are amazing, the drumming is awesome, and the lyrics are imaginative and catchy. If a band can get you to love their music live before you have heard their music, then they are doing their damn job! Also, you really learn to respect a band from how they treat their fans.