Review: Impossible Dream by Haley Bonar

Impossible Dream by Haley BonarHaley Bonar’s released a lot of stuff since making her debut fifteen years ago, and it seems she hasn’t lost any of her verve. Yet another example: her latest album, Impossible Dream, tackles frustrations with where we are and where we’re supposed to be with the same sharp voice and production. And it’s no one-note thing: it’s a decidedly varied 31 minutes, swinging between fuzzy and scuzzy – from spiky loud to relatively subdued – without inducing much whiplash. It’s a contrast considering how the record moves from frustration to some sense of hope, or at least a resigned resolution. All in all, Impossible Dream is a satisfying listen – coherent, cohesive, and interesting in all the right places – proving once again how much of an underrated (and solid) performer Haley is. [NB]4/5

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