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Dare to Dream

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Billy Gilman ~ Dare To Dream

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It's easy to take a full-brush swipe at Billy Gilman, who recorded his first album--as well as this follow-up--by the age of 12. His voice is predictably girlish, his inspirational material goes treacly, and his country-pop offerings are usually embarrassingly lame. But technically, Gilman is a fine little singer, with an easy approach and impressive control. The problem is, his producers don't know whether to present him as a child or as a knowing young adult, and in doing both, they make him look foolish. "She's My Girl," a fluffy, pop-radio confection, has him taking a hipster stance, calling the object of his affections "a 24/7 piece of heaven." Gilman finally breaks out on the big band/rockabilly number, "You Don't You Won't," which should be a lesson to his producers: find him the best songs, forget his age, and just let him sing. If that happens, he'll attract the right audience and transcend his boy-wonder image. Otherwise, enjoy this future Catskills attraction while you can. --Alanna Nash

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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005EBIU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,492 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. West on April 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
About a year ago my then eight-year old daughter kept bringing me a CD to listen to. It was Billy Gilman's "One Voice". I listened and shoved it aside. Then I noticed my wife frequently listening to it. Having a great deal of respect for my wife's opinion, I listened to the album more closely. It really was good.
Shortly after that my wife bought tickets to a Billy Gilman concert where he would be appearing with Jessica Andrews at a local county fair. The concert was fun and very upbeat, with all age-groups enjoying themselves. After the concert everyone wanted to see Jessica Andrews, but one couldn't unless one purchased a certain dollar amount of Jessica Andrews' merchandise. Unbeknownst to most of the crowd, on the other side of the rodeo grounds Billy Gilman was signing autographs. My daughter rushed over and waited in line to have Billy sign a photo. I watched from the side as child after child (mostly young girls with their mothers) visited with Billy. Billy was the perfect gentleman, spending as much time with them as any fan wanted. After signing my daughter's photo of him, he hugged my daughter in a moment so tender that a lump formed in my throat. Now, this kid was number one in my book.
We purchased "Dare to Dream" and over the last few days I've given it some close listenings. Being a musician myself, I am impressed with not only Billy's voice, but also with the high production values in his albums; the orchestrations and instrumentations in both albums are complex and sophisticated. The choice of songs, which can be described as country pop, cover a wide range. Many, by necessity, are geared towards youngsters, but there are a few that transcend any generation gap and should have univeral appeal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By the commish on May 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While not the caliber of "One Voice", selected songs such as "You Don't You Won't" and "Shamey, Shamey, Shame", do demonstrate the wonderful dynamics of Billy's voice, which is why I rated it 4 stars instead of 3. I tend to agree with certain aspects of Alanna Nash's review. The producers can't seem to decide whether to promote Billy as a child or young man. I think their indecision confuses the fans. I wish they would just pick good songs and let Billy sing them. And a good crossover song would allow more people access to this greatly talented young singer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By steph on May 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Billy Gilman, a strong singer and inspirational performer, has done it again! Dare to Dream includes selections of beautiful songs appropriate for a young boy with an awesome voice. The songs are of first kisses, my girl, almost in love, and mom. The ballads include beautiful, simple lyrics. Perfect choices for Billy's flawless voice. There are some jazzy, fun songs as well, sung with enthusiasm and a style unmatched by any other performer. All of the songs have grown on me, as I'm sure they will for anyone who listens to the CD a few times. You'll love it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robertcs on May 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Oh Billy, Oh My!.... He opens with the first single She's My Girl and just rides right on from there, fearless and honest and free.... It's Billy Gilman. And it ain't anywhere else. Spirit and soul... and some rock and roll.... Two__ the tempo primer Our First Kiss, a vocal extravaganza that gives you the taste of what this voice can do. Can you do it? No. Can ya love his? Ya betcha.... Elizabeth, a tribute to a challenged person, for real, enters the get-the-sense get-the-feel period, warming you up like an opening act, and the sweet lyrics and soaring vocal performance of My Time On Earth touches and powers ya... then, the first hint__ but no hint, you're slammed!.... You Don't You Won't.... Ya just Gotta hear this! no one, no record, no artist, no other, no day, no way... gives ya this__ they musta rolled their faces around tracing circles in the air chuckling, Oh This Is Billy, this one right here really is!.... How can one put this? the vocals are challenging for anyone and yet from his small frame rip right out in a staccato summoned from some unseen (yet we all see it's there) nuclear power plant deep inside. Who else? who where, how why, not I! no, this one is his, all His! You want jazzy fun? O sure. You ain't heard it like this!.... Then the party turns to gentle cuts like the soothing God's Alive and Well, and this soft vocal-in-front-of-guitar The Woman In My Life, and ode that sweeps you along on Billy's special trip. A little window into some angle of himself? Oh, That's what that photo is, with him staring out the window pane on the cd booklet!.... There are also rousing songs like the rocking She's Everything You Want__ catch the way his vocals match the new yet old guitar rifs evoking the best of the true blue old rock and roll? did ya?....Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Finn on May 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Being a huge, huge BG fan, I couldn't hardly wait for this new cd to hit the stores! Being a fellow Rhode Islander is one of the many, many reason's why I love this little guy with the huge, huge voice! My favorites on this cd are She's my girl, it's such a fun dancable song. It has a great beat to it! I also love Elisabeth, the true story behind the song is very touching. I love the melody and the power in his voice when he sings this! Our first kiss is a cute uptempo song that has a great bluesy type feel to it. I love the lyrics, they're catchy too. Everything you want is such a great song. When you hear it you have to get up and groove and move to this one! It's totaly groovy! Shamey, shamey, shame is another favorite of mine on this cd! I can just see him singing this on Broadway! Again he shows us the abilities in his vocals! It has a jazzy, big band, bluesy, broadway feel to it. this is one song that would be great to see him sing live! You don't you won't is another favorite! How someone so young can sing such a tongue twister is beyond me! This is a fun rockin' song, like an old Elvis rockabilly song! This is one you might want to jitterbug or swing dance to! I've got to make it to summer is a light breezy song that reminds me of Steve Warners early songs he wrote. Almost love has the same feel, it has the feel of an old Eagles tune too. Some thing I know is a pretty song that shows his voice off too. The woman in my life is for all the mothers out there! Sure to melt anyone's heart. My time on earth is great too, with a great, meaningful message. God's alive and well has a great message too, that we should all live by. Again this little guy shows us his god given talent! Anybody who appreciates a big soulful voice should listen to this kid sing!Read more ›
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