The Lost Dogs
The Phantom Tollbooth August 2005
by Aaron Anderson
With song titles like "Sailing to the Cove" and "Sleepy Blue Lagoon," it is clear what the band's intention is, namely, to make a soundtrack for summer vacation. And boy, did that do a bang-up job of that. Christine first appears on "Wikki Tikki" a Caribbean inspired song that is best listened to outdoors with a nice cold margarita in hand (if you're of legal age to do so, of course). "Kissed in the Mist" begs lovers to get up and dance with one another atop the island sands. Terry Taylor and Derri Daughtery do a wonderful job assembling melodies that Mike Roe masterfully enhances with his impeccable guitar playing.
I have to admit--this record is so much fun to listen to. Island Dreams is a record that is serious about enjoying life, love and the glorious creation surrounding us. Musically, this disc can be described as tropical relaxation (yes, I know that sounds insane coming from this band). If you listen to this CD with the expectations of hearing some really amazing instrumental music, then Island Dreams will not leave your disc player for awhile, but if you are expecting your typical Lost Dogs album, there won't be much for you to enjoy. History will show that the Dogs, in their previous bands (Daniel Amos, The 77s, The Choir), mastered every style of music they attempted; this is but another one to add to their repertoire.