Album Review: Cameron Avery “Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams” (Alternative/Indie) + Album Stream

By Alexandra Moher – 4/5 Dragons
From April 2017 Vandala Magazine 

Full Album Stream at the Bottom

Cameron Avery finds romance in simplicity with his debut solo album Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams.

With dreamy string arrangements, and Avery’s sultry vocal performance, Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams is a love letter – both to the object of the singer’s affections and to the music that inspired him.

“I wanted to make something that sounded like the old records I love—Johnny Hartman, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sarah Vaughan, Etta James—the big band stuff with less metaphorical lyrics,” said Avery of the inspiration behind the record.

Best known as the touring bassist for psychedelic rock band Tame Impala, Avery distinguishes himself as an entirely different musical entity with his contemporary interpretation of the love songs that dominated the 40’s and 50’s.

As a lyricist, Avery strays away from the convolution that plagues modern love songs leaving his emotions out in plain sight. This vulnerability drives much of the album, telling the story of a man desperate for the love of a woman.

Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams finds its stride when Avery embraces his rock and roll sensibilities, particularly on “Dance With Me” and “Watch Me Take It Away”.

Although a departure from rock music, even the most cynical of listener can’t help but indulge in Avery’s collection of impossibly charming love songs.

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