Our Time

Our TimeArtist: Dream
Release Date: August 8, 2001
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 2.5/5

1. Our Time
2. My will (Live Version)
3. solve (Hex Hector Remix)
4. Our Time (Instrumental)
Yay! A Summer single to review! After a small disappointment with “Solve,” I was kind of looking forward to hearing better songs from this dance singing trio in their future releases but….

Our Time actually sounds worst than “Solve.” In fact, it appears that Dream couldn’t successfully create and sing a summer dance track because they didn’t sing like they were having “fun in the sun” or anything. The one major element that this song lacks from its vocalists is emphasis since the only emotion we hear is: bored.

Personal Rating: 2.5/5



180px-realityArtist: Dream
Release Date: August 9, 2000
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. reality
2. reality (Dub’s Warp House Mix)
3. send a little love (BEATWAVE REMIX)
4. reality (EUROBEAT MIX)
5. send a little love (Happy Euro 2000 Mix)
6. send a little love
7. reality (Instrumental)
8. send a little love (Instrumental)
Reality wasn’t all that upbeat and exciting as I thought it was. Nice background music but in the end, the way the verses and chorus went with the song, it sounded pretty dull. Compared to the past singles, I would probably say that the A-side was my least favorite songs from the trio.

Another dance track is send a little love which pretty much overpowers “reality.” It’s great and uplifting with all of the synchs in the background but the song sounded more of a trance track because of the lengthy instrumentals. At least for sure, I really preferred this over the A-side.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5


solveArtist: Dream
Release Date: May 23, 2001
Label: Avex Trax
Personal Rating: 3/5

1. solve
2. sincerely (AQUA mix)
3. solve (Beatwave Anthem Mix)
4. solve (Dub’s Floor Mix Pop Tune 002)
5. solve (Conmo remix 4.17)
6. solve (Instrumental)
I’m pretty positive that solve was probably one of the worst singles that Dream has ever released. Not to mention, I even think that “Reincarnation” by Ami Suzuki even did a better job of controlling the dance beats. (“Reincarnation” was actually a very messy and badly put together but imagine a Dream single being worst.) I downside of the song was pretty much the fact that there’s a combination of strings and dance beats in the background. Seriously, that’s a bit out of the picture. I mean, there could be a string part of the song and then a set of dance beats but when both elements are mixed together….what the heck?

I may have been a bit disappointed with this track but since the group’s singles in the past were really good, I’m looking forward to review their next release.

Personal Rating: 3/5

Believe in You

believe-in-youArtist: Dream
Release Date: February 28, 2002
Label: Avex Trax
Genre: Dance
Number of Songs: 3
Personal Rating: 2.5/5

1. Believe in you
2. My will (sweet dream mix)
3. Believe in you (Instrumental)
By looking at it, I would just automatically state that Believe in You was too boring and it didn’t interest me one bit. Why? The whole song doesn’t even have a strong chorus or melody whatsoever. I mean, I couldn’t even get through the first listen. With the instrumentals aside, Dream’s vocals weren’t even as powerful and the way they presented the song was like, “What happened?!” Though, I’ve got to admit that even if they sing a boring song, their’ vocals are still very nice to listen to. I don’t know what they were thinking but I would say that this single was pretty much a flop.

Personal Rating: 2.5/5

My Will

untitledArtist: Dream
Release Date:
Label: Avex Trax
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 8
Personal Rating: 3.5/5

1. My will
3. My will (landscape mix)
4. w・h・y
5. w・h・y (Dub’s Floor Remix Pop Tune 001)
6. My will (Nocturne Club Mix)
7. w・h・y (Instrumental)
8. My will (Instrumental)
At first, I used ot always think that Dream was so much like Perfume, which also happens to be an all girl trio. But after listening to more of Dream’s single, I pretty much disagree with my first thought. Unlike Perfume, Dream’s style is little mroe old fashion since they were around long before Perfume formed. However, Dream disbanded their group when on of their members decided to leave the group in 2002; the thime when Perfume started their group. So now that I’ve decided to revive the band from my memories, I bring to you my first review of Dream. (I’ve listen to more releases than just this single, by the way.)

Unlike their past singles and albums releases, My Will is actually one of their few attempts to make a non-dance track. But this is probably considered to be one of their most popular songs due to the fact that it was used for the first ending theme of “Inuyasha.” (Okay, I’m reviewing another single from Inuyasha but honestly, the series exposed me to a handful of J-pop artists and groups!) Personally, I wasn’t really obessed with this song. Why? The beginning sounded a bit boring and I thought that there was nothing to listen to. But I liked how they transisitoned from slow to fast during the middle however, they made the slow part so long that it might not captivate listeners. (At least they only featured the upbeat parts in the Inyuasha ending.)

I thought that w・h・y was much better off than the A-side. The beats in the beginning got me fired up and after a few seconds, it was like “dance-paradise!” More uplifting, more exciting and more hardcore. I strongly perfer this over the A-side.

Personal Rating: 3.5/5

Night of Fire

night-of-fireArtist: Dream
Release Date: —-
Label: Avex Trax
Genre: Dance
Number of Songs: 5
Personal Rating: 4/5

2. NIGHT OF FIRE (dream of ‘dream’ mix)
3. Breakin’ Out (EURO MIX)
4. NIGHT OF FIRE – instrumental
5. NIGHT OF FIRE (dream of ‘dream’ mix) – instrumental
I’m not surprised to see that Dream also did their version of the popular Night of Fire eurobeat dance track. The Dream version doesn’t sound too different than the original song but I’m pretty positive that it’s probably one of Dream’s most powerful dance track. (Although it’s not originally from them.) But there’s something with the way they actually personalized the song. I mean, Niko’s (the original singer) version was much more… I don’t know…flowy? I think I highly prefer the original version than Dream’s since well…I think Niko delivers the song in a way other artists can’t.

Personal Rating: 4/5

Private Wars

privatewarsArtist: Dream
Release Date: May 2, 2000
Label: Avex Trax
Genre: J-pop
Number of Songs: 8
Personal Rating: 4/5

1. Private wars
2. Start me up
3. Private wars (Dub’s Hyper Club Remix)
4. Private wars (EURO MIX)
5. Start me up (landscape mix)
6. Private wars (SEA BREEZE 2000 Mix)
7. Private wars (Instrumental)
8. Start me up (Instrumental)
I thought that Private Wars was one of the group’s best song ever. Along with the nice vocals at the beginning, I really liked the dance beats of this song. Besides from being one of the most powerful songs of this single, Dream sings their songs with style. Unlike their “My Will” single, this was much more interesting and something that I would listen to for days.

Little did I know that Start me up was also a theme for an anime. (I never watched it so I would say that I heard this single by coinsidence.) Just like the standard anime song, there’s a vocal solo at the beginning and it becomes more upbeat after the first verse. Nice song and great acoustics but I thought this song was pretty standard. Unlike “Private Wars” there wasn’t that much ‘confidence’ in the voice…or something along those lines. The track was more of a calm song than its A-side.

Personal Rating: 4/5