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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 11, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Adagio Music Inc
  • ASIN: B00004SQW3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Reality Of A Dreamer by Mythos

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It's an attractive sound that Canadians Bob D'Eith (piano, keyboards) and Paul Schmidt (classical guitar) have cobbled together as Mythos, supplementing their largely pastel instrumentation with stylish, subdued grooves and airy female vocalese. The result is an uncomplicated yet appealing brand of pop instrumental music that lies somewhere east of trip-hop and west of crossover classical, and at its best occasionally brings to mind the quieter instrumental passages once heard from 10cc, OMD, or Simple Minds. Mythos's sound (similar to Enigma, with less obtrusive vocal elements) is more New Age than pop-rock, and during a track such as "Vision I" the first image your mind's eye might conjure up is a mirror ball. Yet the overall vibe D'Eith and Schmidt create is a worthwhile variation on the New Age theme--mostly instrumentals (plus a concluding vocal track) that are energized yet still relaxing--compositions with a pulse, a heart, and just a hint of mystery. --Terry Wood

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Being able to listen to the samples has made it much easier to decide which music to buy.
Puck
Reality of a Dreamer is a more "thematic" album, as the next track is like a sequel of the previous one.
Wanda Conde
Listening to Mythos' evocative and ever-changing music is a real treat--transporting and cathartic.
Brianna Neal

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When comparing this cd to all the junk one hears on mainstream/top 40 radio, it's brilliant. But when comparing it to Mythos' former album "Mythos" it comes as a bit of a dissapointment for me.
While Mythos has never been very intense compared to other bands within this genre of music, there were some beautiful stand-out tracks on their other album like "November", "June" and "Angel's Weep". "Mythos" was a very dreamy and exotic album with subtle ethnic elements and great vocal arragements. But on "Reality of A Dreamer" the ethnic elements have been dropped for even more classical influences (which Mythos doesn't seem to be able to thrive well on alone) and emotionally distant songs. The music isn't bad - it's just bland, and the "soulful" vocal arrangements on "Venice" are downright annoying.
When it comes to the world/ambient genre of music I was much more impressed by Govinda's follow-up album 'Entwined & Entranced' and the recent album by Enigma 'The Screen Behind the Mirror', which go beyond mood music - they are an experience!
I want to be able to remember an album after I've heard it, or have certain tracks linger in my mind for hourse or days afterward. This certainly wasn't the case with "Reality of a dreamer".
It's serves as great backround music but that's about it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Michael Cook on July 21, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Let's get this out of the way first: I love Mythos. The debut CD was filled with enchanting, wordless, timeless melodies from start to finish; every track is 5-star in my book. From the haunting opening of Brazil to the last second of the last track, MYTHOS was an album that utterly captivated my senses.
Reality of a Dreamer is not that album. It is good, there is no doubt, and compared to the commercial music most people hear all day, it is an effortless work of art. However, it falls short of its predecessor. Gone are the haunting, memorable vocals (no words, just beautiful humming) of November, gone is the dark and mystical sound of Sunless Sea, gone is the beautiful solo guitar of La Cathedral...
Reality of a Dreamer is a worthy investment for the Mythos fan, however, its tracks are quite consistently of 4-star and not 5-star quality. Some are even rated 3 in my iTunes player, shocking coming from a huge fan of the duo (Venice is really THAT bad)... but overall, it's still a great disc. The sound is a little tired-sounding, the euphoric perfection of the first is not quite up to par in the second, and the melodies are a bit recycled... but it is still Mythos, and that means it is still good.
Favorite tracks include Alchemy (admittedly, it took me a while), Redemption, Requiem, the two Vision tracks (although I am upset by their use of two very old and very overused samples), and Fantasy. However, all too often I feel a bit anxious to skip past the overused "lalala" style singing, only used sparingly in the first track and seemingly overapplied on this album...
You know what's wrong with Reality of a Dreamer? It's too happy, too meaningless, too insipid almost.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Riina Emily Raskinen on July 17, 2000
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From the opening piano solo, to a more club groove to a blues/new-age mix, this follow up to Mythos' debut quickly allays doubts that anything was lost in the time between the two releases. The CD opens with a beautiful piano-centered track, with minimal background instrumentation, and doesn't stop. There are more heavenly, female, wordless vocals (save for a second version of "Vision" at the end of the CD), plenty to spare. Also, we have a more club edge on some of the tracks, probably from Mythos' recent collaboration with DJ Cosmos. Also featured at the end of a few tracks are some more gutsy blues-tinged vocal performances. A worthy debut with even more to offer!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2002
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I rather liked Mythos's self-titled first album and this is an excellent follow up/continuation. It has more electronica and classical elements this time around. Once again, the technical skill is wonderous and the arrangements are flawless. And again, only occassional obtrusive vocals (on Venice) detract from the mood.
Vision 1 & 2 are great tracks as are Alchemy (with that marvelous dark undertone that Mythos does so well) and The Ring. Vision 2 makes you wish they would employ lyrics more often, maybe they will next time.
Congratulations to all concerned on another superb CD. I look forward to their next effort.
PS Mythos has some of the best cover art I have ever seen. It makes you want to frame the case. I mention this because the art on both of their albums is what made me buy them.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Conde on August 6, 2000
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I have heard Mythos, which is a great CD. Mythos maintains a "slow" tempo while creates a "sad" atmosphere when you hear it. Reality of a Dreamer is a more "thematic" album, as the next track is like a sequel of the previous one. It keeps the sad and mournful ambiance, and the background voices which complement some of the tracks are more heavenly than in Mythos. If you like their previous releases, you will definitely love Reality of a Dreamer.
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