If you like classic rock 'n roll, if you like smooth R&B, and if you like your music to get you in the mood to party, this is the album for you. "Every Little Dream" features diverse songs, all written by Claire & Rusty C... more »loud, that take you on a musical journey through life's ups and downs, sometimes humorous, sometimes intense, sometimes angry and sometimes rip-roaring party hearty happy. Listeners will get many hours of pleasure out of this album because each song has great melodies, profound lyrics, and appealing arrangements.« less
If you like classic rock 'n roll, if you like smooth R&B, and if you like your music to get you in the mood to party, this is the album for you. "Every Little Dream" features diverse songs, all written by Claire & Rusty Cloud, that take you on a musical journey through life's ups and downs, sometimes humorous, sometimes intense, sometimes angry and sometimes rip-roaring party hearty happy. Listeners will get many hours of pleasure out of this album because each song has great melodies, profound lyrics, and appealing arrangements.
"Every little dream is one of those albums that grows on you the more you listen to it. It is diverse covering many musical genres including pop, jazz, gospel, rock and r&b with the common element among them all of a strong groove. All of the music here demonstrates first rate musicianship and there are some incredible performances along the way. Lyrically, the album steers towards light themes although there are a few exceptions to that including Latchkey Kid and Don't You Leave Me Standing This Way but I prefer it when they stick to having fun because they really shine when they do. Some of the highlights for me are Love Rodeo with its cool New Orleans groove and fun lyrics, Stickin Like Glue for similar reasons, Pornchips Guzzardo with its nasty boogie woogie showcasing the pianistic powerhouse Rusty Cloud, and the carribean influenced Humacao. It is rare these days to find music that feels so good and performed by such fine players. Highly recommended."
Every Little Dream: Claire and Rusty Cloud
Delmarva Devotee | 05/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The wonderful new recording by Claire and Rusty Cloud features Rusty Cloud, who is one of the all-time great purveyors of a tradition which encompasses virtually the entire history of 20th-century American music. Being a longtime admirer of Rusty's work, I knew this recording would be great. The pleasant surprise was Claire, whose vocals, lyrics, and vision combine with Rusty's mastery to produce a satisfying work of musical art. This is music created by the artists themselves, not by Svengali-like handlers telling the artists what to do. Consequently, it resonates with the vitality of what music that is both popularly accessible and profoundly deep (in every sense of the word) can be. Highly recommended."
An absolutely delightful CD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So many of today's pop albums are repetitious - they become boring fast - but this new album by Rusty and Claire Cloud is so diversified - - each individual song is unique and stylish. The vocals are outstanding, the musicians are brilliant. Rusty Cloud once again proves his reputation as an outstanding keyboard artist, composer, arranger and singer. Claire Cloud's music and mellow vocals meld beautifully with his. This couple is obviously devoted to each other, you can feel the love as they perform together. Their music is real (Latchkey Kid, their music is emotional (Quiet Times) and most of all, their music is fun (Love Rodeo) and much, much more. I highly recommend this to everyone as a breath of fresh air."
Sultry Molasses and a Willie Nelson/Joe Cocker Timbre
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw these guys live in the New York area recently and they had everyone dancing. Beneath the fun, you could feel a tightness and an intelligence that comes through on their new CD. In the songs, one hears two people trying to take control of their lives and finding each other in the process. The frustrations, anxieties, anger and ultimately celebration resonates in a range of musical styles including jazz, R&B and rock. In "Don't Stop Your Cryin'", Claire's rich deep voice jolts the listener with a vengeful lyric that could be an anthem for every jilted lover. "Latchkey Kid" is a wonderful bluesy duet blending Claire's sultry molasses with Rusty's Willie Nelson/Joe Cocker timbre. More of the jilted lover is heard in a jazzy "Don't You Leave Me Standing This Way", in which Claire seems to be convincing herself to move on. The anger dissolves into a dreamy "I Wonder" about the anxieties of "two who're deep in love," and the rocking instrumental, "Pornchips Guzzardo." Another wonderful surprise awaits in "She is a Woman of Untold Glory," a Jefferson Airplane-like tune that must speak to every woman balancing family and career: "All that ambition and purposeful mission was banished and vanished in pools of submission." The rest of the CD is crisp energetic celebration. This is creative and enjoyable music that draws you in. You will want to listen to it again and again."