Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Haley Bonar - Impossible Dream

by paul_guyet Rating:8 Release Date:2016-08-18

Over the past decade plus, Haley Bonar has been delivering a hazy and haunting brand of maudlin, reflective beauty. Impossible Dream is more of the same and it will make you cry the same tears.

There's traces of Tom Petty, Dolly Parton, and John Grant here*. The driving force of "Kismet Kill" speaks of resentful nostalgia, the nocturnal shitkicker vibe of "Your Mom Is Right" spits flames and smells like beer, "I Can Change", which features a wounded yet determined tremor in Bonar's gorgeous voice, ends with her repeating those words again and again, to herself rather than anyone else, the assertion becoming more forlorn and doubtful with each repetition, and, "Better Than Me", which is already a pretty downer sentiment gets even more crushing when she adds "nobody hides better than me." Jesus.

About half of Impossible Dream is great and the rest of it is just good. There might not be anything groundbreaking from Bonar here, but she, herself, is groundbreaking, so consider that. The whole album is so concise that it takes more than a few listens for it to fully unfold, but, as with most of her work, it's never an issue to start the album over the moment it ends.

* At least, to me there are.

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