Awaken from a Coloured Daydream
In 2008, Halliwell was abandoning new musical innovations in favour of a classic rock sound. Awaken from a Coloured Daydream pays overdue homage to legends like the Beatles, Bowie, Dylan, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young. It is a Masterful record that effortlessly evokes these influences without degenerating into the kind of plagiaristic nostalgia which sink the albums of better-known artists who attempt the same thing. Lyrically, 'Daydream' finds Halliwell in a reflective mood as he wrestles with the conflict between despair and inspiration. But this record really finds it's feet and spreads it's wings in the music. 'Now and Then' is a shiny sound-of-summer exhortation to stop dithering and get on with it, while 'The Closing Prayer' rumbles and rises in the manner of an Epic psychedelic Rock anthem straight from the early seventies.