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I know that a lot of people find the whole 80s music scene a little kitschy and campy as far as rock goes, but I’ve always been a sucker for those intense rock ballads that found their way into every 80s movie ever.  Dreamers Of The Ghetto pay tribute to this sound on their debut album Enemy/Lover.  The album opens with the instrumental “Antenna,” a synth intro that pulls you into the album like a radio signal droning out in the night.  But the album quickly moves onto more upbeat rockier songs like, “State of Dreams” and one of my favorite songs on the album, “Connection.” A song full of urgency and satisfaction at the same time, “Connection” is the love ballad Bono wishes he had written.  Singer Luke Johnson sings to his wife Lauren (who is also a member of the band), “When you’re gone I know you’re with me,” knowing that they share a bond that can’t be broken no matter what obstacles they face.  And he sings it with the authentic passion of a gospel singer.  The next song, “Regulator” reminds me of the heartland rock made famous by artists like John Mellencamp (who is coincidentally also from Indiana).  The album continues is this way, making use of steady drums, rock guitar, and synthesizers used to amplify the feeling of every song in a way that I’ve never before heard (see “Always”).  The final song, “Tether” serves to sum up the band in about 7.5 minutes, a tough task, by making full use of these instrumentations complete with the gospel-esque choral parts and extraterrestrial lyrics.  As far as debut albums go, this is an amazing effort.  Enemy/Lover isn’t afraid to set the clock back a few years to when songs like, “I Do It For You” were acceptable and Depeche Mode was hip.  It’s a powerful dose of medicine from a family band that reminds the listener that rock can be fun and powerful.  Check out some of my favorites below and get yourself a copy of Enemy/Lover ASAP.

-M. Kauf

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