The old adage that there is nothing new in this world is just a fact of life so when I first listened to Belle Histoires Dreamers I thought they sounded very similar to many acts out there. All the same messages are repeated, all the similar styles of vocal delivery and musical construction felt repeated but not mockingly. I delved into the album several times as per my rule that I must listen to an album several times to give it its due, but after the third time around I found myself throwing it on while I was cleaning house or driving to the store. Despite the band producing a mass produced pop rock sound they manage to deliver it in a way that’s catchy and sticks in your head long after you’ve stopped listening to the album.
Lead singer Jane Smith’s delivery is reminiscent of acts like Hilary Duff, Avril Lavigne, and Superchick with a bit of the usual piano rock that seems to have no end in the female rock spectrum. The songs are mostly Taylor Swift poppy about love, heartbreak, love, and finding your place amongst the debris of life’s little catastrophes. The rest of the band compliments Smith’s style producing music that ranges from pop rock to Indie Rock and everything else that flirts with the pop spectrum. Think Coldplay, Feist, Priscilla Ahn. I know, the comparisons are all over the map, probably the reason why the album was so endearing to me. It was like throwing on a compilation album of some of my favorite female performers all under one roof. It also helps that the overall sound of the album is simplistic in base with small flourishes of eccentric flashes that shine through without overpowering the albums formula. It just has a heavy repeat factor that I dug. I might not have helped you find your way to the band with my road map of artist comparisons so I highly suggest heading over to their various websites to check out some of their music. It may be well worth the journey. As always final judgment is yours. Enjoy.