Track #3 off of It Was All A Dream, 2001
One of the most important time periods in all of music history was the teen pop revival of the late 90s and early 2000s. Although many music critics like to overlook that era and pretend it didn’t happen, describing it as nonessential and immature, I find that the pop music released during this time is far superior than others, at least in terms of teen pop and dance pop. There was an abundance of groups especially, with the most significant being the likes of Nsync, The Backstreet Boys, and stars such as Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears. But there were also lots of other greats artists that seem to be forgotten about, including girl group Dream.
Dream released their debut album in first month of 2001 which contained the hit single “He Loves U Not”. The track peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the album itself went on to sell over a million copies and is certified Platinum. Yet, the group never went on to see the same success as their peers and their second album was shelved. But It Was All A Dream was genuinely a good album and it really made me wonder what happened. Nonetheless, while there are plenty of great songs on here, one that continues to find a place on my pop music playlists is “In My Dreams”. Co written by Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy, P Diddy, etc), the song is an R&B infused dance pop number that sounds unlike most of the other popular songs around this time. I actually find this one to be quite ahead of its time, sounding more like something from 2006 or 2007, rather than the more funky and electronic teen hits of the early 2000s. The production is sleek and balanced, along with each girls vocals effortlessly blending together, and at times it’s hard to believe they were in their early teens when this was recorded.
I find this song to be extremely innovative and I like the way it didn’t comply simply with what was popular at the time. Had it been released during a different time, it may have actually gotten the recognition it deserves but regardless, it remains a prime example of some of the best that pop music has to offer.