Dan Reed - Confessions album review

Intimate songs with a positive message

Cover art for Dan Reed - Confessions album

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This is not a concept album, but the 10 songs here are connected by Dan Reed’s spiritual positivity, as he tells us that even when we are left broken by the pursuit of love, we should never abandon the dream.

This might seem hopelessly naive, but on his fourth solo album, he makes it all work. Because the flair and depth of his musical passion overcomes any cynicism. The music has a gentle flow and glorious delight in life. The pace is sedate, almost folksy, but it leaves an indelible impression. Reed’s vocal method of telling a story through minimal modulation lifts songs like Smile, Distant Star and Cave In, making them feel both fresh yet also as if you’ve heard them a thousand times before.

Reed mixes acoustic nuances with funk flexes, and in doing so has created a richly rewarding yet understated album. He oozes a supple class.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009.