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The Dream


Download links and information about The Dream by Open Hand. This album was released in 2003 and it belongs to Rock, Alternative genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 46:55 minutes.

Artist: Open Hand
Release date: 2003
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Tracks: 11
Duration: 46:55
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No. Title Length
1. In Your Eyes 2:35
2. Life As Is 4:16
3. The Dream 4:39
4. 11th Street 4:38
5. This Is the End 3:36
6. The Struggle 4:15
7. Thought Process 2:47
8. Radio Days 4:27
9. Forever 3:14
10. Never Alone 8:07
11. 626 4:21



When a rocker who is known for his association with one band forms a new band, some people inevitably assume that the new band will be similar. But that isn't necessarily the case. Take Open Hand founder Justin Isham, for example. The singer/guitarist is known for his association with the Los Angeles-based hardcore band I Awake, but Open Hand isn't hardcore. Even if one has a very liberal and far-reaching definition of that term, The Dream cannot honestly be described as a hardcore release. Rather, Open Hand favors alternative pop/rock with a post-grunge orientation; the L.A. combo draws on Live and Bush as well as the seminal Nirvana. Isham has cited Peter Gabriel as a major influence, and why not? There is no reason why Gabriel's writing couldn't have some type of impact on a group of modern alterna-rockers — it isn't as though every artist who came along in the '90s or 2000s is totally oblivious to older artists who were active in the '60s, '70s, or '80s. The Dream, Open Hand's first full-length album, offers a healthy balance of melody and aggression. The material is loud and forceful, but it's also intricate and highly melodic; the band's melodies can be hauntingly pretty, and those melodies usually work well with the CD's introspective lyrics. Ultimately, Open Hand has as much to do with craftsmanship as it does with volume, which is why tunes like "11th Street" and "Forever" wouldn't become unappealing if the band had to perform them in an acoustic setting. The Dream isn't groundbreaking, but overall, Isham and his fellow L.A. residents make a decent contribution to the post-grunge field.