Dream Too Much by Amy LeeSpring 2017 Music
Here is one that might surprise a few parents: an album of originals and covers by Amy Lee, lead singer of the gothic metal band Evanescence. Inspired by her two-year-old son Jack, Lee's normally soaring voice finds a more diverse range, as shown in her canny choice of songs. The lovely "Dream Too Much," the Disney-esque "I'm Not Tired," and the endearing "Little Bird," mix well with covers such as her faithful homage to the Ben E. King classic "Stand By Me." "The End of The Book" is a tale of a child never wanting a bedtime story to end, while a rollicking rendition of The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" (featuring a cameo by Jack Lee), and a heartwarming duet with her father John Lee on "Rubber Ducky" are highlights. The whole album is, in fact, a family affair with her dad also contributing ukulele, dobro and banjo, while Lee teams with sisters Carrie and Lori for silvery harmonies, and her uncle Tom plays guitar, bass and harmonica. The gorgeous original "If You're a Star," and a superb second duet with her dad on the '50 standard "Goodnight My Love," here miraculously transformed into a lullaby add to this unexpected lovely surprise of an album.