Jules Shear’s Dreams Don’t Count (Mad Dragon Records, Feb 21)

Jules Shear has a unique story in music. Responsible for the birth of MTV’s Unplugged and the show’s first host. Jules is as well known for the hits that he wrote for other artists than for his versions of his own songs. His songs have been hits for The Bangles, Alison Mojet and Cydni Lauper. Meanwhile his own recordings have made him something of a cult like figure. He has collaborated with Chuck Prophet, Roseanne Cash and Margo Timmins.

He has admitted that he is done looking for that one big hit and is now concentrating on being artist that we can all grow old with. His new record Dreams Don’t Count is a great start. I wrote first about one of the songs in demo form from this record here, as a followup to my review of his fabulous duets record here.

The new record is a somber affair…full of miscommunications, wrong turns and mistakes both big and small. Jules soft lullabye of a voice is surrounded by wide assortment of musical colors including cello, guitar and swashes of synth-like sounds. If you are a fan of Richard Barone, Chris Stamey or any of the great pop artists of the mid-south (DB’s, REM, etc) then you know of Jules Shear and if you don’t than it’s not to late to catch the last train.

In an interesting twist this record is due out on Mad Dragon Records (distributed by Ryko) which is the college label of the students of Drexel University. Pre-order this here now.

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2 Responses to “Jules Shear’s Dreams Don’t Count (Mad Dragon Records, Feb 21)”

  1. Matt Wardlaw says:

    Thrilled for the update on Shear.

    It’s a shame that he is one of the few without an official online web presence.

    It’s good to know that he has a manager that pays attention to the web though, and one also, who will hopefully get him out on the road for some dates (Cleveland!)

    Can’t wait for the new album -his releases area always a pleasure.

  2. uwmryan says:

    I just got this and was pretty surprised by it. Nice review.