World Full Of Dreams
The song starts in a haze of distortion, but then the music kicks in and with excellent guitar playing and musicians that support the song very well, the song gets underway. The raspy, (blues)rock-like vocals give this song a lot of character and kick off this album in a very impressive fashion.
Take Me Down Mississippi
On Take Me Down Mississippi, Mike Montrey introduces some folk and country influences in the instrumentals. The song flows very well and Mike’s appropriate vocals give this song a very honest and inspiring feel.
Embrace The Darkness
Embrace The Darkness is a very interesting song that constantly pushes forward and Mike’s energy-driven, passionate vocals really lift this song up into greatness.
A Space Inside My Head
The catchy Space Inside My Head is one of the best songs on this album. The song has the Dylan/Springsteen approach on the one side, but on the other hand it also reminds of Buffalo Springfield and the likes. With a very modern spin, Mike Montrey makes this song stand out and the dynamics of the song play out really well, without losing it’s catchy appeal.
Dance Studio (On My Own)
On Dance Studio, Mike Montrey shows a more contemporary sound, though the influences from other eras and genres are never far away. I can’t say it’s the best song on the album, but the alternative, groovy sound works pretty nicely in this song.
At times this song gets slightly chaotic, which in isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I can hear some British Folk-influences in the guitar and vocals (Nick Drake, etc.) which pleases me greatly, as the great Nick Drake is one of my musical heroes. But at times this song loses me. I do like the slightly experimental nature of the song, but it doesn’t keep me focused on the song, which is too bad.
All Of This And More
This country/rock & roll song could be an instant classic. There’s no doubt in my mind that this is one of the best tracks on the album. The danceable rockabilly beat and energetic (yet subtly composed) drums keep this song on cruise control, while the vocals and well-chosen instruments create a wonderful and exciting atmosphere in which this song comes to full bloom.
Care For Me Tomorrow
Care For Me Tomorrow has some Skynyrd/Zeppelin-influenced guitar work (kinda like 3 Doors Down can do that during live shows) and this, in combination with the tight drumming, provides the basis for this song (though I must admit that the strings are an interesting touch). The song in itself is quite good, but at times Mike Montrey makes it become slightly too chaotic. Sometimes, instead of accentuating things, the music ‘enlarges’ too much, which takes away from the actual song.
Tin Can is an uptempo song with country/bluegrass influences and the hasty, passionate vocals are very well done. Although it’s not really the same style I find a comparison with the late Johnny Cash appropriate. Cash (I’ve Been Everywhere for example) was one of the only people who could pull off to keep this kind of uptempo singing going without losing clarity and precision, or take away from the song itself. Mike Montrey shows the same quality here.
With an acoustic intro to Montana’s Eyes, this bluesy track is off to an interesting start. And the song stays interesting, and is one of the best on the album, to be exact. Lyrically it’s not the most astonishing of Montrey’s arrangements but musically this is a sophisticated song, of a kind you rarely see surfacing these days.
Mr. Last Night
Mike Montrey finishes the record with a classic rock & roll song that should be liked by anyone who’s into music. The fun, energy, passion, and talent is just everywhere, and it is not a bad thing that Mike Montrey saved the best for last. If you weren’t convinced yet, this track should pull you in and win you over.
“A Perfect Reality” is another record by an artist who is obviously influenced by many things, not the least by some of the classic bands. It’s easy to compare Mike Montrey with currently popular acts like Rocco DeLuca and Keaton Simons, and in some aspects these comparisons are fair, but in some aspects they’re not. Mike Montrey very much has his own sound but like these other acts he can bridge the gap between the old sound and the new sound. “A Perfect Reality” is an album that is only the first step for this talented spirit.