Dreamstone is a solo effort fronted by poet/songwriter Shane Windham. The Early Years album is a collection of only the best demos he recorded over the first few years of his career. Containing some of the most fragile, yet spellbinding tracks you're likely to hear this side of a stereo, The Early Years takes you right into the heart of everyman and leaves you feeling as though you slipped into a life that wasn't your own for a short while. The lyrical body present here is romantic and, at times, brutally honest. The person responsible for creating these pieces of artistry obviously cared nothing for what the boundaries were supposed to be. His music shines brighter because of this. On the whole, the album is not perfect, which makes it all the more worthwhile. It is not polished by any major label. It's not even mastered. The mistakes and the heartbreakingly real character of these recordings can still be found. You experience the music much the same way you would, were you sitting alone with the musician, listening to him play you a set that is, at times, so personal that you're almost embarrassed by the fact that you're listening. It's as though you're intruding upon the most private memories and melodies within the man's being. It is a beautiful thing to experience. And you should therefore experience The Early Years as soon as you can.